Vaujany

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: According to the Vaujany website http://www.vaujany.com/en/hiver/actualites_02.php?id_actu=95 the Aire previously available for parking of motorhomes is closed due to the construction of a new ice rink.

We have emailed Vaujany for clarification and will update this notice when they respond.

Thanks to Geoff Lovis for the information.

 

Vaujany is located in the Southern Alps some 55km east of Grenoble.

GPS Co-ordinates: Latitude: 45.156868, Longitude: 6.080113

www.vaujany.com

Directions:

Head south from Grenoble and pick up the signs for le Bourg-d’Oisians. 7km before Bourg turn left on the D44 and then the D43 signposted to Vaujany.

Vaujany is one of the newest ski resorts in the French Alps, possibly less than ten years old. The story is that a few years ago the tiny village and surrounding area was awarded several million euros as compensation for the development of a hydro-electric scheme. The money was spent on the construction of a state of the art 160 person, high speed cable car which now links the village to the Grandes Rousses ski are centred on Alpe d’ Huez..
The purpose built centre, (there is not much evidence of the original village) is built on several levels, all connected by a rather futuristic system of lifts and moving walkways.
An aire with parking for 15 motorhomes is on one of the lower levels, directly underneath the cable car, just follow the signs. Parking is free and there is a bourne for water and waste disposal. Access to the centre is via a lift adjacent to the aire.
The centre has all the usual range of facilities in terms of shops restaurants etc. and on the level below the aire is a sports centre and swimming pool.

Skiing:
The ski area is accessed either by cable car or gondola. Lift passes are available, either for the local area or for the whole of the Grandes Rousses ski domain.
The limited area pass gives access to 41 pistes, 12 green, 13 blue, 13 red and 3 black and in 2008/9 cost    28.50 euros. The full area pass gives access to around 250km of piste, (see Alpe d’ Huez for prices etc.)
The skiing on the local area pass is varied and interesting with over a 1000metres of vertical descent available. Return to the village is by gondola or cable car and anyone skiing on the Alpe d’ Huez side of the mountain needs to be aware of the time of the last gondola or cable car. I would expect it to be an expensive taxi ride back if this is missed.
Although very new and very ‘state of the art’, Vaujany does have a certain appeal, and does allow access to one of the largest ski areas in France whilst at the same time avoids the worst excesses of some of the larger and older resorts.

Info from Ian Priestley