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Villard-de-Lans Ski Resort Guide
- Acres of ski:1236
- Terrain Parks:1
- X-Country:161 km
Villard-de-Lans in France (in the Isere region) is a large resort with 29 lifts (7 chair lifts, 20 surface lifts) that offers skiers an incredible 1120 metres (3676 feet) of vertical descent. Villard-de-Lans has 1236 acres of terrain over 32 pistes with a total length of 125 kilometers (78 miles). Villard-de-Lans is evenly suited for both advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders but with some terrain for beginners. There are 161 kilometers (101 miles) of cross country ski trails at Villard-de-Lans. For snowboarders, there is a terrain park. A small proportion of the pistes at Villard-de-Lans are covered by snowmaking. The nearest airport is at Grenoble and the nearest train station to Villard-de-Lans is at Grenoble. There is accommodation located close to the pistes but we would welcome additional information about any hotels or chalets in Villard-de-Lans.
- Nearest Airport:Grenoble
- Nearest Train Station:Grenoble
- Tourist Office Phone:+33476951038
- Tourist Office Website:www.ot-villard-de-lans.fr
- Slopeside accommodation:yes
Latest Snow Reportview full snow report
- Issued:22 Feb
- Last Snowfall:14 February 2018
- Snow Depth (upper):180cm
- Snow Depth (lower):60cm
- Off-piste:Best up high
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Visitor Reviews of Villard-de-Lans
Graeme from United Kingdom writes:
We're just finalising plans for our 2nd trip here in a couple of weeks or so. We first visited last year as we have friends who live in Grenoble and have an apartment in the town of Villard de Lans.
In short, it is an ideal resort for a family holiday (as we discovered taking our 2, aged 4 and 6, for their first trip).
Firstly, the town is small and largely remains a working rural hub for the area, combined with a holiday resort. Walking and cycling are as common here in summer (from what we hear from our friends) as skiing and cross-country (it's a bit of a mecca) are in winter.
A good selection of restaurants, in town, from a quick pizza to something more local and traditional. The advantage of it being a working town is that there are supermarkets and real local shops. So, if you're self-catering, as we were, you can get great food at non-'resort' prices.
A free bus takes you up to the slopes from the town but if you're visiting out of peak season, check the times very carefully, it doesn't run that often. Once up at the base, you're fairly quickly whisked up to the mountain hub where the ski school is.
From there, you have your pick of cruisy blues, fun reds and some properly challenging blacks. We would drop our kids off at ski school and then make our way across the resort and back in time to pick them up. My wife is an expert and I'm fairly advanced, so we like a challenge but also enjoy some carving. The advantage of being there in low-season, yet mid-season (early-mid Feb) is that the snow was fabulous and the place was deserted.
Eating up the mountain doesn't offer a huge choice but the food is fine and compared to the mega resorts, not badly priced.
There's a great leisure pool to loosen the limbs in after a day and this year we're hoping to catch the local ice hockey team, the Bears, for a match.
As I said, all in all, it's a great family 'resort', relaxed, friendly and unpretentious. Can't wait to get back!
PS That said, 4 weeks after this trip I'm heading to Meribel with the guys (7x 40-50 yr olds) for the annual trip. I wouldn't take them to Villard de Lans. But then I wouldn't take my kids to Meribel yet when they don't need that amount of terrain and whilst VdL offers such a 'nice' family holiday.