Visitor reviews for Vaujany Ski Resort
January 29, 2019
Martin from United Kingdom
Obviously, the Alpe d’Huez area is terrific but i’ll focus on the Vaujany side.
The village is cute enough but, as it’s small, lacks choice in shops, restaurants, bars etc.
You’re probably considering Vaujany as you’ve got young kids and the ski school and kids club are really good and used to Brit families. The problem lies in the fact that Vaujany is at the far left end of the piste map so if you have to return to base to pick the kids up after morning lessons or after their lunch you’re always checking your watch and have to time your return well.
Lifts from the ski school area of Montfrais are painfully slow so it’s sometimes quicker to get a bubble into Vaujany (you can’t ski back) and then the gondola up the hill (quite a faff). La Fare black run is a good way to get back and probably easy for a black in almost all conditions.
The gondola and chairs close if the wind is coming down the valley which virtually stops all skiing. You then need to either drive to Oz or if that’s out of action too, it’s a long drive to ADH.
While Vaujany is small, it has a few good places to eat. Table de la Fare is great and to plat de jour is usually terrific value. La Remise is probably the best restaurant and the steak in Stieffs is also good.
You’ll have a great trip (wind permitting) but you may get fed up with it quickly unless the kids enjoyment makes it worth the minor annoyances.
Overall: 4.1. Based on 10 votes and 18 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Vaujany.
Public Transport: 3.2
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Vaujany, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Vaujany, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 4.6
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.1
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Vaujany.
Ski in/Ski out: 3.8
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Vaujany, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Vaujany is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Vaujany relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 4.6
(1) There are no snow groomers at Vaujany, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Vaujany are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Vaujany is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 4.8
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Vaujany, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 4.1
(1) Vaujany usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.5
(1) The staff at Vaujany are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Vaujany are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.3
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 4.4
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Vaujany has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Vaujany, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 3.1
(1) Not even a kicker at Vaujany, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Vaujany, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Vaujany has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 4.5
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 4.9
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 4.1
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.2
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.1
(1) Overall, Vaujany is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.4
(1) Overall, Vaujany is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
February 18, 2013
Stuart from United Kingdom
I have just got back from Vaujany and we had a fantastic holiday there with three children aged 5, 7 and 9. I would give a word of warning though, that despite people saying this is a family resort I think the skiing options on this side of the ski field are quite limited for small children and complete beginners. There is a much wider selection over in Alpe d'Huez. Looking at the map you would think the collection of blue runs around Montfrais would be fine, but these are some of the steepest blues I've ever seen, whereas the green in the training area at Montfrais are extremely gentle which leaves limited options for progression. There are two other green run options for beginners, at the top of l'Allepette, but one of them was described as dark green by the instructor, and you ski down it and get the drag lift back up. Below this dark green is a red run into Oz, which did lead to a very sticky situation with my 5 year old going down the dark green and not being able to cope with the strength of the drag lift back up to the top - the red into Oz is very gentle and having netting on the cliff edge so all my kids could happily manage it at the end of the week but on day 2 of his second skiing holiday this green run caused some severe problems (an old hand painted map in town showed it as blue).
We loved the resort, the escalators in town made it very easy for the kids to get back up to the apartment. The village was extremely nice, compact and very friendly, we will, without doubt, go back to Vaujany, but I would say if you have a group of limited ability skiers (my children had done 9 days skiing previously but are at the younger end) then Alpe d'Huez may offer you more. It is possible to travel to Alpe d'Huez via Oz; it's 3 lifts so takes a good 40 minutes, and while my 5 year old (who completed snowflake level in ski school) could ski from Vaujany to Oz very slowly, needed the lift up on the return journey from Alpe d'Huez to Oz then a lift down to half way on the Poutran and my daughter, after completing here 1 star ski school, struggled a little with the top of the ski down from d'Huez into Oz to get home.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Vaujany as a resort, the mountain on that side of the field is far more beautiful than Alpe d'Huez but if you have small children, you may get a nasty surprise with some of the run gradings and will find your options limited and my kids are not cautious skiers so I don’t think I’m being over protective with that opinion.
September 10, 2010
Martyn Jones from United Kingdom
If you want world-class skiing for all levels, hardly any queues and an authentic mountain location without high-rises, Vaujany and its hamlets i.e. Pourchery & Le Perrier are hard to beat. Less than an hour's drive from Grenoble, the quintessentially French resort of Vaujany sits in a charming valley in the heart of the Oisans mountains with altitude views of Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso and the Ecrins. Boasting one of the world's classic ski runs - the 'Champagne Run' - (a massive 2230m of vertical piste drop, click here) it provides top quality skiing for all in a setting that is both magnificent and tranquil.
Additionally, Vaujany is only 1hr 15mins simple drive from Grenoble airport and is well positioned to sample other nearby ski domains like Les Deux Alpes and Serre Chevalier.
August 20, 2010
Clare Williams from United Kingdom
16-23 January 2010
We (party of 5 mixed ability adults) stayed in Les Portes de l'Oisans apartments which were basic but very nice and well-equipped. I cannot speak highly enough of this resort (Vaujany). The village is a second-generation purpose built resort which is sympathetic to the traditional alpine character of the area. It is quiet at night (a bonus for me) and, I imagine, ideal for children.
The most apparent drawback is the fact that you need to take a lift to return to the village regardless of your return route. Do not be put off by this. In terms of village skiing the nearby Montfrais sector is beautiful, always quiet and contains some lovely blues. The black run back to the bottom of the station is steep and can get very icy in the afternoon so for an intermediate it is perhaps worth a miss.
The real joy of Vaujany is the efficient access to the wider Alpe d'Huez area which is absolutely incredible. Enough pistes to keep you busy for the week and with some really challenging runs up the top. There are some icy return reds, particularly in the Oz sector but nothing to ruin your day.
I took two group lessons with the Vaujany ski school and happened upon a really good instructor with very good English. The ski school is small and the standard of the group determined entirely by the few people who decide to take lessons in your particular week.
In all highly recommended.
December 18, 2009
BaryRosa from United Kingdom
Shhhh - don't tell too many people about Vaujany or they'll all end up wanting to go. Ski Peak is fab company and are great at attention to detail.
December 17, 2008
Jenny Hill from United Kingdom
Vaujany is a great resort for families. It is a pretty, traditional French village which links to Alp d'Huez. We stayed in a great apartment where you could walk to the lift station.
November 06, 2008
Guy Oury from United Kingdom
My wife and I have been enjoying Vaujany for 8 years now. It's still quite a gem - a real alpine village but with access to a superb ski area. An amazing variety of runs and mountain restaurants. Off-piste/back country skiing is equally eclectic and much less 'skied-out' than places like Val d'Isere, whilst easily rivalling them in both the 'easy' and 'challenging' categories. Beat the ski-bums at their own game! And its really accessible with local mountain guides keen to help - try Denis or Stefan who really know the place and speak good English too. I find it hard to believe the negative comments; we've found it to be one of the most reasonable places price-wise, and people normally very charming and friendly - guess the exception proves the rule. Mountain restaurant tips: try 'Le Petit Truc' for cheap but good sarnies or, just 200m up the hill 'Les Airelles' for authentic mountain food and blazing open fires/hot chocolate to die for etc! 'La Combe Haut' - at the bottom of the Chalvet chair in the gorge near the end of the Sarenne run has a gorgeous sun terrace in springtime, cozy log fires in deep winter - both a bit magic!
We even saw a wolf off-piste in 'Combe du Loup' - a great privilege.
Found a few bars and restaurants in the village worth checking out too (by the way, it is quite wrong to assume Vaujany has no night-life; here are just some examples):
Arsens - lively Belgian-style place - good apres-ski and frequent live bands.
L'Etendard - ditto above, less the bands.
Le Rum Bar - intimate sort of place, especially late-night.
Le Swallow - snowboard-themed place with loud and/or live music often
Le Rissiou - quiet hotel bar but sometimes a place to meet authentic locals and Brits alike.
Les Cimes - just opposite the Rissiou but even more 'local'!
Le Montfrais - local cuisine & charm.
La Table de la Fare - good prices for classic French cuisine
Chez Peter - tasty,filling mountain food and crepes too.
La Remise - best wood-fired pizzas in town and always busy.
Le Chardon Bleu - a 20min easy walk to the hamlet of La Villette: worth it for the local ambiance and nosh.
Sorry if we sound like an ad. but this place is special! Hope to see you there. Guy and Annika.
October 29, 2008
Nigel Purkhardt from United Kingdom
Vaujany is a village resort that shares the world class skiing of neighbouring Alpe d'Huez with pistes stretching from 3300m down to 1100m, that is an incredible 2200m from the top of Pic Blanc down to Enversin. Imagine doing that as your last run of the day!
I would recommend that you stay with Ski Peak who have both half board accommodation and truly exceptional self-catering apartments and with whom you are fully supported. To get the best out of Vaujany you need to stay with the best!
September 17, 2008
Pip MARSLAND from United Kingdom
I first visited this little gem 5-years ago (thanks Ski Peak) and now spend the ski season here. The village is quiet and the number of bars limited (stay away larger louts) but that's the appeal - great for family holidays, and always calm. Modern big fast téléphérique gets you up over Alpe d'Huez's pistes faster than anyone else and a lift queue is a rare thing. Access to a big ski area and the top (pic blanc) down is a 2.2km vertical descent. Last season all the pistes were all open right to the end of April! Good leisure centre too!
February 10, 2008
David Nunn from United Kingdom
I great quiet family resort with loads to do all year round. Not good for the lager louts or wild night life but excellent in other respects. Links to Alpe d'Heuz means skiing for every standard. Have been back 5 times and will carry on going.
One of best kept secrets in the Alps.