Ski Area

We offer amazing Vaujany skiing holidays with easy access (on your doorstep!) to the entire Alpe d’Huez ski domain with more than 250 kms of pistes, 84 lifts, the incredible Sarenne Run (the longest black piste in Europe) and the famous Ski Everest Challenge. Snow is guaranteed due to the Pic Blanc Glacier standing at 3330m and with more than 300 days of sun each year – so is a tan!

With a combination of our friendly ski leaders, a great ski school, fantastic private tuition and superb mountain guides, there is no level of skiing we can’t satisfy. The vast area of Alpe d'Huez has enough to fill any person for the week with varied slopes for all levels.

Vaujany is an exceptionally pretty area with picnic stops galore and views a plenty - don't forget your camera!


Amazingly the holiday met the varied needs of our electric mix of ages and skiers ranging from super keen to semi retired and the too young and too old to ski!

Liz M


Facts

Resort Height:
  • 1250m (Vaujany) and
  • 1400m (La Villette)
Ski Range:
  • 3300m-1100m (including four 2000m+ descents)
Ski Area:
  • 10.000 hectares of wide open mountains
Pistes:
  • 120 Alpine runs (250kms)
  • 38 green runs
  • 32 blue runs
  • 34 red runs
  • 16 black runs

Bonus:

  • The Sarenne - at 16kms the WORLD'S LONGEST PISTED BLACK RUN
  • The Tunnel - classed in the top 10 pistes in the world by the Telegraph
  • 8000m Everest Challenge
  • The Ski Peak Champagne Run

Lifts:

  • 87 ski lifts (cable cars, gondolas, chair lifts and ski buttons)
  • 6 Cable cars
  • 10 Gondolas
  • 25 Chairlifts
  • 40 Button lifts
  • 6 Magic Carpets
  • 920+ snow canons
Mountain Restaurants:
  • 16
Other:
  • 2 snowparks
  • 1 ski/boarder cross
  • Protected areas for novice skiers
  • 1 ice cave at 2700m
  • Luge
  • Zorbing
  • 50 kms of cross-country tracks
  • 30kms of hiking trails.
  • An average of 300 SUNSHINE DAYS a year!

Beginners

‘Our part of the mountain’ – The fantastic Montfrais domain is a green and blue piste paradise, perfect for learning, perfect landscape, perfectly uncrowded. It is here that the Vaujany ESF bases itself. This is the home of the childrens’ ski school with its jardin de neige, nursery slopes, restaurant for the kids’ lunch and easy access via the Montfrais bubble – ten minutes out of the main lift station in the village. Beginners and children will learn to ski on often virtually empty pistes, close to plenty of hot-chocolate stops and with very easy access to meet parents or friends when the lessons are over

For those who want to branch out you can use the lift system to access the substantial wide beginner slopes around Alpe d'Huez. At the end of the day cruise down a gorgeous blue and you’re back to La Villette.
beginners

Intermediate

The vast ski area of Alpe d'Huez strikes the perfect balance for intermediates with steep technique-testing runs and long sweeping wide pistes through stunning mountain scenery. The Signal de l'Homme at the far side of the Sarenne Gorge offers open slopes with good gradients. The slopes above Villard-Reculas are also popular and the descents in the upper part of the Alpe d'Huez bowl are plentiful.

The run down the Chamois from 2,700m to Oz Station via the Poutran can be a challenge, or for a true sense of achievement try the Sarenne, which is perhaps only graded black due to its length and isolation. You’ll be able to claim you’ve done the longest run in the world.

Intermediate heaven

Advanced

With uninterrupted service, next to no queues and fast lifts, it takes little more than 30 minutes from getting on the superb Vaujany 160-man cable car at 1300m before you step out ‘on top of the world’ on the Pic Blanc Glacier at 3300m, majestically capping the Grandes Rousse Domain The view is breathtaking (it is claimed on a clear day you can see a fifth of France!) and the options for challenging skiing are a plenty.

The Sarenne and Chateau Noir, the longest black runs in Europe, offer wild unspoilt scenery and isolation. The famous ‘Tunnel’ which runs straight down the front face is very steep and always a challenge and together with Les Rousses and La Fare makes up part of the 2,200m Ski Peak Champagne Run, the greatest on-piste vertical descent linked into a lift system in the world!

The off-piste possibilities are vast and varied. For a sense of remote mountain wilderness try the Glacier du Grand Sablat or Combe du Loup. The descent to Vaujany via the awesome Pyramide and Couloir Perrin is always memorable with glacier seracs, turquoise ice fall and hidden bowls.
advanced skiing