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Ski area: Grand Domaine, France
Resort height: 1250m
Resort top height: 3330m

Grand Domaine
(Vaujany, Oz, Alpe d'Huez)
Km piste: 250
Lifts: 80
Snow cannons: 923 in Grand Domaine
Snow parks: Yes

No. of slopes: 120

Green slopes 38 Blue slopes 32
Red slopes 34 Black slopes 16

Beginners starstarstar
Intermediates starstarstarstar
Experts starstarstarstar
Freeride starstarstarstar
Boarders starstarstarstar

Driving distance from Calais: 573 miles (8hrs 25)

resort info

Vaujany is a fairly new ski resort but has a long history as a traditional Alpine village. An integral part of the massive high altitude Alpe d'Huez ski area, it offers world class skiing. Located in the heart of Oisans, in the periphery Ecrins National Park and the ski resort of Massif des Grand Domaine / l'Alpe d'Huez.

 

Vaujany is a very pretty, charming and peaceful village built on a sunny slope in an area with a micro-climate which ensures optimum sunshine conditions.

 

The facilities and amenities on offer in Vaujany are well beyond those you would expect from a small ski village and include a 160 person cable car that can transport you to 2,800 metres in just 15 minutes. After a day's skiing you can relax in an authentic Alpine ambience without the commercial hype of most purpose built resorts (likes its neighbour Alpe d’Huez).

 

Après-ski facilities are impressive too in Vaujany ski resort - a new sports centre has a 25m swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness hall and there is an open-air ice rink too. To access the lower parts of Vaujany (where the lifts are) from the higher part of the resort (where the shops/restaurants are) and vice versa there is an enclosed escalator which links the two saving walking up and down hills.

 

Each year neighbouring Alpe d’Huez organizes the Sarenne SnowBike, an untimed downhill run on the mythical slope of Sarenne.

-Start from the glacier at the summit of the Pic Blanc (3330m) and descend to Huez (1460m) after some 2000metres down along 16 kms of skiing track.

 

Vaujany has a superb and inexpensive day nursery (minimum age 6 months) and a small, caring ski school. Not surprisingly it holds the ‘Famille Plus Montagne’ label for its children facilities.

 

Vaujany is easily accessed from Grenoble (50 km) by main trunk road.

 

The Ski Club of Great Britain recently named Vaujany in France as Europe's most family friendly resort (October 2008).

 

Why Vaujany?

·          Vaujany is a charming mountain village

·          First class skiing for all with good snow conditions

·          One of the best resorts for children with new sports centre

·          Southern Alps climate with above average sunshine

 

 


  • Opening Dates
  • Child Care
  • Activities
  • Apres Ski/Eating
  • Access
  • Other Amenities
Opening Dates

 

Vaujany opens mid-December 2014 and shuts late April 2015

 

Child Care

 

Please view here for more information on the Famille Plus label.

               

Le Pole Enfance (Pole Sports et Loisirs)

The childrens club welcomes your children: at the nursery from 6 mnths to 3 years, at the childrens club from 3 years to 11 years for many activities and outdoor games.

Open from 8.30am to 5pm (booking is required)

0033 476 11 11 94

email: garderie@mairie-de-vaujany.fr

Route des Combes - 38114 Vaujany


Formula 13/14:
Morning (8.30 to 11.30am) 13,00 €
Morning + lunch (8.30am to 12.30pm) 18,00 €
Morning + lunch + rest (8.30am to 2pm) 21,00 €
Afternoon (1.30 to 5pm) 18,00 €
Day (8.30am to 5pm) 28,00 €
6 consecutive days 135,00 €
6 mornings +lunch + rest 115,00 €
6 mornings +lunch or 6 afternoons 95,00 €

 

ESF Vaujany

Children can learn to ski from 3 years old in Vaujany with ESF Vaujany.

CHILDCARE WITH SKIING

ESF Vaujany also arrange kids ski and garderie formulas which Peak Retreats can pre-book:

Ski + garderie (4-11yrs) (09.00-17.00) (am skiing and pm indoor games) - £284

Ski+lunch+ski (6-13yrs) (09.15-16.45) (4 hours skiing, ski in the morning + ski in the afternoon) - £315

 

The ski school introduces the children from the age of 3* on a provided and protected area at Montfrais.

*3 year old subject to initial half day trial

There is a lift ticket €12/week for the cable car Montfrais offered to non-skiers who take their children to the ski lessons.

 

Peak Retreats can pre-book this. See here for details.

 

Activities

   

Vaujanys brand new Leisure centre built for 12/13

The new Leisure Center is composed of different elements:
-An indoor olympic size ice rink with an ice surface of 56x24 meters and stands that will welcome up to 700 visitors, all that being set in a 3000 m² facility and  a view across the valley to the impressive La Fare waterfall.
-A daycare of 300 m² that caters for 60 children.
-A 500 m² spa and balneotherapy area that offers a hammam, a sauna, massages, and even hydrotherapy sessions.
-A 4 lane bowling alley above the ice rink.
-A restaurant with a capacity of 120 seats and a 50 m² sundeck.
-Parking lots for a total of 120 cars
-Fast access from the village center through 2 cable cars working in synch for a continuous flow.

 

Prices 13/14:

Ice rink - €5 per adult, €3 per child. Rental €2.

Ice rink open every day from 2pm to 7pm except on sunday, from 10am to 12am. In the evening: Tuesday, friday, from 8.30pm to 11pm

Bowling - €6 per adult during day, €7 in evening. €4 per child.

 

Espace Loisirs leisure centre

Usually open from 10am-7.30pm all week long, except Weds open until 8.30pm and Thurs open from 11.30am.

Indoor pool with water games, slides etc. Sauna, Hamman, fitness room. Weight room with more than 20 machines. Climbing wall (4m up x 12m length).

Prices 13/14:

SWIMMING POOL

Adult 4,80 €
Children - de 12 years 3,80 €
Children - 3 years - Free
Family (2 parents + 1 child) 10,00 €
Child sup 2,00 €
Aquagym 10,00 €

RELAX ACCESS

Swimming pool - sauna - hammam - spa 9,70 €
Relax additional 4,90 €

HEALTH ACCESS

Fitness 9,70 €
Total Access (Relax / health) 14,50 €

 

The Espace Loisirs and Pole Sports et Loisirs are next to each other.
 

Vaujany Library

More than 6000 books (comic strips, novels, non-fiction, etc) and board games are available. Free loan. Free internet access.

 

Vaujany House of the fauna

Learn the secrets of the wildlife of the Oisans. Qualified staff lead this fun and realistic wildlife discovery, using interactive terminals offering a choice of virtual walks with activities featuring mountain wildlife.

 

Vaujany Heritage Museum

100 years of history of Vaujany told by the inhabitants through photographies and evidences. Free admission.

 

Vaujany Hydraulic Museum

The history of hydroelectricity through the ages and the amazing story of the building of the Grand’Maison Dam. Free admission.

 

Vaujany Toboganning

A toboggan area near the ice rink with special care given to ensure adequate snow coverage. The other toboggan piste is at l'Alpette - accessible via cable car.

  

All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website

 

Vaujany Tourist Office

Vaujany tourist information 

Maison de Vaujany

Tel +33 476 80 72 37

www.vaujany.com

Apres Ski/Eating

 

Bar/restaurants in Vaujany

Le Stou - new restaurants at Pole Sports & Loisirs leisure centre

0033 476 11 11 93

La Remise - Place de a Fare

0033 476 80 77 11

Le Montfrais

0033 476 79 86 50

La Table de la Fare - Place du Telepherque

0033 476 80 82 40

L'Aigle Royal - Place de la Fare

0033 476 79 58 48

Stiefs Steakhouse Cafe - Place de la Fare

0033 681 58 57 35

Chez Bibi - Place de la Fare

 

6 mountain restaurants.

 

Bars/pubs - Le Pub Arsen's Cafe (Passage des Balcons), Le Shooter (Place de la Fare)

 

Alpe d’Huez (30mins drive), offers nightclubs and a cinema for those who enjoy a lively nightlife.

 

You will find the restaurants in Vaujany are usually cheaper than in Alpe d'Huez.

 

New for 2013/14 - Folie Douce Alpe d'Huez (alongside Val d'Isere, Val Thorens and Meribel). La Folie Douce concept was created over 30 years ago by Luc Reversade and has become synonymous with apres ski across the French Alps. Each venue has a restaurant  - La Fruitiere - which serves up great food but La Folie Douce is best known for putting on a massive party on the mountain. The new Folie Douce will open at the top of the Marmottes lift in Alpe d'Huez. http://www.lafoliedouce.com/

 

Access

 

By Road: Driving distance from Calais 566 miles (approx 8hrs)

From Calais, take A26 Motorway towards Reims and Troyes, then Dijon, Lyon, Grenoble. Follow the RN91 towards Briançon and then Vallée d’Olle to Vaujany. Vaujany is 50km from the motorway exit to Grenoble.

 

By Rail: Grenoble (3hrs from Paris by TGV).

 

VFD bus company (0033 8 20 08 38 38) or see http://www.transisere.fr

 

Airports:

Grenoble (St Geoirs) 96km from Vaujany (1 hour)

www.grenoble-airport.com

Chambery Airport is 121km from Vaujany (1 ½ hours)

www.chambery-airport.com

Lyon Saint-Exupéry 144 km from Vaujany (2 hours)

www.lyonairport.com

Geneva 205 km from Vaujany (2 ½ hours)

www.gva.ch/en

 

Access around the resort of Vaujany: Covered car parking: at the shopping arcade and central village square. Free.

 

Airport Transfer

Pre-book your taxi transfer with Peak Retreats

From Grenoble Airport to Vaujany – from £142 per person return based on 4 people sharing. 

For all other transfer prices please click here

Other Amenities

Mini-supermarket, cash point, self-service laundrettes (Place de la Fare and Place du Telepherqiue - open daily), bakery, two sports shops.

 

2 picnic rooms are available on « Place du Téléphérique » and on « Montfrais » area.

 

Free WiFi access Place du Téléphérique and Place de la Fare.

 

Free covered car park at Place de la Fare and place du téléphérique. Open daily

 

Cash point on the Route des Combes.

 

Nearest petrol station is 5km at Allemont. Open 24/7.


ski info

Linked to the superb resort of Alpe d'Huez and the Grand Domaine ski domain (250 km of pistes), Vaujany's high capacity cable car departs from the village centre and reaches the top of Pic Blanc (3330 m) in less time than from Alpe d'Huez itself - and there is less queuing too. The "Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine SKi" massif covers 8 villages and has over 800 hectares of ski area. Already equipped with one of the largest snow production plants, the area now has a second automatic unit suppling a further 75km of slopes via 923 snow cannons. It's relatively extensive and covers the main runs above Alpe d'Huez, Vaujany and Oz.

 

Additional ski facts info, main ski area listed above

Local ski area Vaujany Oz

Km

 70

Lifts

 22

No. of slopes 40

 

 12

 

 13

 

 12

 

 3

 

VAUJANY SKI AREA

What makes this area so satisfying is its many-sided slopes. They face in all directions, so skiers can always find the best snow and conditions by simply following the sun! Vaujany is a little alpine village which is linked to the large Grand Domaine ski area so you get the best of both worlds. Most of the slopes are above the tree-line.

 

There are 4 sectors that make up the Grand Domaine – 3 in Alpe d’Huez and then the Vaujany/Oz sector. This sector consist of largely north-west facing slopes. The skiing in Vaujany and surrounding areas (Alpe d’Huez, Oz-en-Oisans…) is spectacular with fantastic vistas all round from glaciers and forests to villages nestling in the valleys below. Vaujany itself has a substantial choice of pistes and nursery slopes to delight beginners and intermediates - all easily accessed via the village centre gondola. The Vaujany-Oz sector consists largely of north-west-facing slopes.

 

For the whole ski domain, the gondolas and fast chairs are the main access lifts serving most of the area.

 

VAUJANY BEGINNERS

Children are taken to a roped off area at the top of the gondola and adults to the nursery slope at Alpette. There is a self-service restaurant with sunny terrace right by the childrens learning area.

 

VAUJANY INTERMEDIATES

There are some great cruising runs above Vaujany, but the red ski slopes between Vaujany & Alpe d’Huez are a little tricky. There are plenty of intermediate runs towards Alpe d’Huez. The variety of intermediate slopes is quite vast and in good snow conditions the variety of runs is difficult to beat.

 

VAUJANY EXPERTS

Grand Domaine is home to many black pistes towards Alpe d’Huez. There are also some long and challenging pistes within the ski domain including the longest black slope in the world – SARENNE – which is 16km (10 miles) is situated on the back of the Pic Blanc. The black slope beneath the Pic Blanc cable car is another one not to miss.

Highest vertical drop in the world: you can ski for a 2205m vertical, ending in Oz, without taking a lift; a dream of the most demanding skiers, it takes about 1h30. First check out the panorama from Pic Blanc at 3330m, where it’s said you can see a 1/5th of France. Then gather your courage for the legendary “Tunnel” Black run before skiing between the rocky outcrops of the “Les Rousses” Red. 

 

VAUJANY OFF-PISTE

Off-piste enthusiasts have an immense choice too, including a run with a vertical drop of 2600 metres. 

 

VAUJANY SNOWBOARDING

There is a lot of good free-riding to be had for experienced boarders.

 

VAUJANY RESORT RUNS

There are no slopes directly into the village, but you can ski the blue (vaujaniate) back to the mid station and ride the Vaujany Villette gondola back to the village. Or a black (la fare) down to the village of l’Enversin d’Oz and then the gondola Vaujany Enversin back to the village.

 


  • Ski Hire
  • Ski Passes
  • Ski School
  • Activities
  • Historical Snow
Ski Hire

 

Ski hire in Vaujany prices start from £35 for children (skis and boots) & £48 for adults (skis and boots) for 7 days. View here for Vaujany ski hire prices.

 

Ski Passes

  

Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine LIFT PASS 14/15

6 days

7 days

PLEASE NOTE: Your hands-free lift pass cards will be sent to you with your voucher pack, so you won’t have to queue at the lift pass office with a voucher on arrival.

Adult

£209

£236

Child (5-12yrs)

£168

£189

Hands-free pass included in price

Senior (65-71yrs)

£168

£189

*FAMILY OFFER: applies to a minimum of 4 people (2 adults + at least 2 children under 20yrs) when proof of direct family affiliation & co-residence can be provided. Must be booked at least 2 weks prior to departure.

*Family Offer

£676

£758

Extra child (5-19yrs)

£168

£189

Senior +72yrs

To pay locally c €75/6 days

Child (under 5)

FREE

For complete beginners, there is also a cheaper lift pass covering Oz ski area only although we cannot pre-book this so it has to be bought in resort. The Grand Domaine pass is however needed for anyone wanting to ski in Alpe d'Huez.

 

Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):

 

For complete beginners 12/13 (adults and children):

“Beginner” pass – €9.50/day Vaujany

 

Grand Domaine – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

½ day - €38.50 adults

Day - €38 children, €47 adults

 

Oz/Vaujany – ½ day and daily rates 13/14:

Day - €25 children, €31 adults

Saturday from €22.50

 

Ski School

 

SKI SCHOOL ESF VAUJANY 14/15

Lessons only, lift passes not included

Ski/Snowboard

Adults

Children (3-13yrs)

6 half-days1

£101

£111

6 days 2

£189

£195

Ski + garderie (4-11yrs)3 (9.00-17.00) Am skiing & pm indoor games/activities

£283

Ski+ lunch + Ski (6-13yrs) (09:15 - 16:45) (4 hrs skiing, ski in the morning + ski in the afternoon)

£325

ALL TIMES FOR INFO ONLY - TO BE CONFIRMED

Cost of medal for children included

1 Ski (Sun.-Fri.), Mornings or afternoons: 09.00-11.30 & 14.15-16.30. Snowboard (Sun.-Fri.), afternoon only 14.15-16.30. Please note that you must arrive 15 minutes before the start time 2 Mornings + afternoons, lunch not included 3 Transfer to local Garderie by Ski school instructors after lunch

Please note that a booking fee of £9 per party will apply

 

Ski School: Please note that: Lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods (20/12-3/1, 07/2-07/3 & 11/4-25/4) we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. AM lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer PM classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.

 

Vaujany Individual Lessons

(13/14 prices, NOT pre-bookable)

 

Private lessons between 12pm to 2pm

 

1-2 persons 1 hour

€42

3-4 persons 1 hour

€52

1-2 persons 2 hour

€75

3-4 persons 2 hour

€89

Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.

Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change

 

Ski school Vaujany contact numbers for private lessons

ESF Vaujany: +33 476 80 71 80

Activities

 

Snowshoeing in Grand Domaine

Alain Hilion - Tel: 0033 476 79 88 71 - nathalain51@free.fr

½ day trip - €20 on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 1.30pm-4.30pm

Full day trip - €35 on Wednesdays from 9am-4pm

 

Terrain parks in Grande Domaine

Situated on the “Montfrais” area above Vaujany, there is Vaujany’s snowpark for beginners where you can learn jump, slide... and approach the slopes rules.

 

Mountain restaurants in Local Vaujany/Oz area

Le Vaujaniat (Montfrais), Les Airelles (Montfrais), Au P'Tit Trug (Montfrais), La Grange (Alpette), Auberge de l'Alpette (Alpette), La P'oz Chez Passoud (Alpette)…

If you dont ski and want to access the mountain restaurants that are not pedestrian access, Vaujany offer a Taxi Ski service - €75 for 2 hours.

 

Cross-country in Grand Domaine

There are 50km of trails that include 6 loops of varying difficulty all situated at around 2000m and are relatively snowsure.

Historical Snow

 

Vaujany Snow Report – 2004-2014 (10 season average)

 

Vaujany has always benefited from a superb snow record thanks to the sheer altitude of the Alpe d’Huez ski area and its glacier. Snow cover on at least parts of the ski area is guaranteed from mid-December until late April. Vaujany also benefits from North-facing slopes which greatly helps to retain snow longer. The best slopes in April for snow are in fact usually found on the Vaujany side. During the less snowy seasons, the 700 snow cannons do ensure decent snow cover is maintained on the lower slopes. Here is the snow record data for Vaujany. The first row shows the week for which the measurement applies eg. February 3 is the 3rd week in February. Top slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the top of the ski area. Bottom Slopes shows the average snow cover in cm at the bottom of the ski area (this is generally where the nursery pistes are located). About 10 cm is generally enough to ski but it very much depends on what’s below ie. grass or more rocky surface.

 

10 year ski season average:

 

Month

Nov

Dec

Dec

Dec

Dec

Jan

Jan

Jan

Jan

Feb

Feb

Feb

Feb

Mar

Mar

Mar

Mar

Apr

Apr

Apr

Week

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

2

3

Upper Slopes (cm)

n/a

46

45

106

115

135

151

157

165

165

186

188

196

207

205

215

210

206

207

176

Lower Slopes (cm)

n/a

12

15

31

34

35

40

49

51

51

64

64

58

61

41

39

44

46

16

15

 

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A short walk from the centre of the resort for non-skiers and après-ski, it is also perfect for ski enthusiasts as it is just at the foot of the cable car.

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La Fedora
Apartments
Sleeps 4-10
La Fedora enjoys an ideal location for skiers and non-skiers alike.

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Le Grenier
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Sleeps 2-10. Bedrooms 2-5
Le Grenier is a brand new chalet that enjoys a perfect location for skiers and non-skiers alike.

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Domes des Rousses
Apartments. Sleeps 2-5
Situated in the heart of the village within the pedestrianised area, restaurants and shops, Le Dome des Rousses in Vaujany is also just 350m from the main cable car.

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Les Balcons de Vaujany
Apartments
Sleeps 5-8
Les Balcons de Vaujany enjoys an ideal location for ski enthusiasts as it is just at the foot of the cable car giving access to the whole ski domain.

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Les Balcons de Vaujany 2
Apartments. Sleeps 2-10
Opposite lift
Les Balcons de Vaujany II enjoys an ideal location for ski enthusiasts as it is just at the foot of the cable car giving access to the whole ski domain.

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Le Rochas
Apartment. Sleeps 4-6
Le Rochas enjoys an ideal location for ski enthusiasts as it is very close to the resort escalator which leads directly to the main lift station.
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