Villard de Lans is located at 1050 meters altitude in the heart of the Vercors mountain plateau in the French Alps, just about 30 minutes by car from the centre of Grenoble. You can reach Grenoble by the TGV from Paris, by air from the airports in Grenoble (35 minutes) Lyon (1 hour) or Geneva (1h30), or by motorways from Lyon or Geneva.
Villard de Lans and the entire Vercors area is an ideal place to spend your vacation. In the winter there are great slopes for downhill skiing, beautiful cross country skiing that stretches for 110 kms right at the edge of the largest natural reserve in France, biathlon practicing areas where you may have a chance to meet with the male and female world champions, an ice skating rink, indoor and outdoor swimming pools,… you name it. In the spring, summer and autumn you have access to fabulous hiking and you may enjoy the 18 hole golf course in Corrençon, just 10 minutes from Villard de Lans.
Villard de Lans and the Vercors area is an ideal location for your vacation at any time of the year!
Downhill skiing. The downhill skiing area comprises 50 slopes, 20 ski lifts and connects the skiing areas of Villard de Lans and Corrençon. There are 3 areas devoted to children: one at the bottom of the toboggan slopes at the “Colline des Bains”, one at the top of the cabin lift in Villard “Le Balcon”, and one in the village of Corrençon.
Nordic skiing. There are two connected areas for nordic (“cross country”) skiing, one in Villard de Lans and one in Corrençon that provide 125 km of tracks for both classic and skate skiing. The tracks run through beautiful areas through woods, valleys and ridges.
Biathlon. Villard de Lans is becoming world famous in Biathlon with world champions and olympic gold medalists living and practicing in the area. The biathlon practicing area is partially open to the public with classes to both children and adults.
Skating. The skating rink is open to the public all year, with many organised evening events (ice hockey, art skating, …).
Toboggan/sledge. There are several tracks, a lift and rental of material for tobogganing at the Colline des Bain.
Pool/Spa. Public swimming pools, including a heated outdoor pool.
Roller skiing. When the snow is gone a new skiing season starts. A skiing track, which extends into the biathlon practicing area, was created in 2014. Here you can practice roller skiing on tarmac and practise shooting in the biathlon area.
Mountain biking. There are numerous tracks for mountain biking in and around Villard de Lans.
Walking/trekking. The entire Vercors area is famous for everything it offers for trekking or simply walking in the mountains.
Canyoning. Several gorges around Villard de Lans provides great opportunities for the adventurous to practice canyoning.
Golf. The 18 hole golf court in Correneçon, less than 10 minutes from Villard de Lans, has an exceptional situation in the hills surrounded by mountains.
Festivals and Events
There are numerous festivals and other events organized around the year both in Villard de Lans and the in surrounding villages Autrans, Lans, Méaudre and Corrençon. Sports events include well-known cross-country skiing La Foulée Blanche in Autrans, the Trans’Vercors mountain bike and the Ultra Trail du Vercors.
Other festivals include the Focale photography festival, the Summer Swing music festival or the well known Coquille Saint-Jacques weekend, when all the restaurants offers special menus with scallops.
One highlight is also the Festiv’Air weekend, when the sky is filled with hot air balloons.
For the full programme, please look at the information provided by the tourist office.
Excursions and Visits
From Villard de Lans there are many interesting places to visits within a short drive. You may for example drive down the spectacular Bourne Gorges. This is not a drive for the faint at heart, but well worth it. On your way down you will reach the village Pont-en-Royans where the houses hang out over the Bourne river. A bit further down you will reach the Choranche Cave, which goes deep into the mountain side and where guided tours take you on an unforgettable walk. While at the cave, don’t miss the walk up to the nearby cascade.
The Bourne Gorges