Wide view of mountains with cable car above Vaujany


Vallée de la Maurienne, Savoie, French Alps

Lift-linked to Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Villard Reculas & l’Alpe d’Huez.

In a secluded valley off the Grenoble-Briançon route, close to le Bourg d’Oisans,

A 50km drive from Grenoble, and easy flight transfers from Grenoble, Chambéry and Lyon.

Wide view of lone skier on piste with valley views

The Ski Area

There’s a huge amount of skiing on offer here, divided between Vaujany’s own Montfrais area, accessed by gondola lift, and that of l’Alpe d’Huez and the world-famous Massif des Grandes Rousses.

Locals will tell you that the home terrain is for novices and early intermediates, while the rest of us take the cable-car to strike off further afield.

The Montfrais sector is particularly welcoming for families. Access is via the cable car (free for pedestrains), there's a newly established snow-garden for the youngest learners, a picnic room and three restaurants.

In fact, Montfrais offers enough perfectly good skiing to keep intermediates happy for awhile in beautiful surroundings.

After that you’ll join the others skiing their legs off on some serious mileage coupled with awe-inspiring vertical-drops – not to mention the legendary Sarenne, claimed to be the world’s longest piste.

Resort Information

Altitude : 1250m - 3330m
Pistes Total:
70 km
7 Green
11 Blue
9 Red
3 Black
Ski Resort Lifts : 23
2 Magic Carpets
8 Draglifts
2 Chairlifts
1 Télémix Gondola/Chairlift
1 Cabriolet
7 Gondolas
2 Cable Cars
Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine
Pistes Total:
250 km
42 Green
37 Blue
39 Red
17 Black
Ski Domain Lifts: 84
41 Draglifts
24 Chairlifts
3 Cabriolet
10 Gondolas
6 Cable Cars


View through trees to village chalets and apartments

The Ski Village

Not so many years ago this was a small mountain village much like any other, until a cable-car link to the ski terrain above l’Alpe d’Huez put it on skiers’ radar. Since then development has been sensitive and to a high standard, making this one for those looking for authenticity with creature comforts.

Getting between levels involves nothing more arduous than weather-protected escalator rides, and it has an Olympic-sized ice rink (with ground-breaking eco-credentials). It also enjoys a sunny location, so is a very agreeable (but not exactly riotous) place to hang out for a spot of après. Access to the ski terrain involves a gondola or cable-car ride – and competent (black-run) skiers can also ski back again.

Staying There

Value for Money Accommodation Dining Out Nightlife Village Charm


Group of young skiers with ESF ski instructor

Why go skiing in Vaujany ?

Skiers or snowboarders looking for a more relaxed base from which to explore the high-mileage groomed terrain above l’Alpe d’Huez. Vaujany also has a strong appeal to anyone who prefers a clean, compact and unpressured village setting. It has a premium feel, too, offering everyone free covered car-parking.

If it were ski-in/ski-out it would be pretty well perfect, but for non-party-animals it’s close enough (and the antidote to high-rise purpose-built concrete resorts).


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Skiing There

Beginners / Families Intermediates Advanced / Expert Mountain Scenery


Beginners area in Montfrais sector.
1 Snowparks

Cross-Country Skiing

Access by cable car to two circuits.
30km Cross-Country and Nordic Ski Trails


  • The ESF ski school in Vaujany now has high-performance equipment and 8 trained instructors. They can accompany people in 6 chairs (depending on disabilities). The objective is to allow everyone to ski as a family with able-bodied people, but also to train people to ski independently, as well as those accompanying them in the handling of the machines. Lessons mainly outside school holidays. Loan of equipment during the lesson. 2 dualskis, 1 uniski, 1 kartski, 1 GMS (ski chair close to the dualski) and soon 1 tandem. Price: €100 for 2 hours. Contact esf-vaujany.fr/tarifs-reservations / +33 (0)4 76 80 71 80 / info@esf-vaujany.fr

icon-smileyYes please...

  • Big-mountain skiing for all levels.
  • Access to 250kms of skiing.
  • Authentic mountain village.
  • Preferential tarifs for families.
  • Free covered parking.
  • Free entry leisure centre with ski pass.
  • Free weekend buses from Grenoble.
  • Friendly atmosphere.

icon-frowneyYes but...

  • The big party’s elsewhere.
  • Skiing back to the village is currently via a Black-graded piste (but due to change, to allow intermediates to enjoy it too).

icon-winkingOur Tips

  • Don’t be put off by the red grading of the link runs to Alpe d’Huez - they’re really not tough.
  • Purchase of a Grand Domaine skipass includes 2 days at Les 2 Alpes, 1 day at Montgenèvre, 1 day at Serre Chevalier, 1 day at Puy St Vincent and 1 day in the Italian Milky Way.
  • There is a cheaper Oz-Vaujany skipass for those who are unlikely to venture very far.


Practical Information

Residence Le Saphir


Residence le Saphir, self-catered apartments in Vaujany, French Alps - artists impression

The 4* Residence Le Saphir is an exclusive development of just 18 apartments, brand new for the 2019-20 season. Ideally located in the heart of the village, it's just 70m from the cable car. The building incorporates its own private, as well as public, parking and a selection of shops.

For further information and bookings contact:
Peak Retreats
023 9283 9310

4* Hotel Le V de Vaujany

Located at the entrance of the village, this new hotel opens its’ doors winter 2019/20.
The hotel has its own spa, bistro-style gastronomic restaurant and lounge bar. There are 25 spacious rooms including 4 senior suites each with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.