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Autrans, its origins go back to the Middle Ages

The locality draws its origins from the Middle Ages. The small town has had many names. It first received the name from « Austran » around the eleventh century before changing to « Austrannum » and then to « Otrans » in the twelfth and seventeenth centuries, respectively. Then, the phonetics of the name of the commune has evolved.

With respect to its territoryIt was first part of the province of Dauphiné, before becoming part of the department ofIsère. The 1ster January 2016, the village became a delegated locality of the new commune of Austrans-Méaudre in Vercors.

In any case, its economy has always been oriented towards the pastoralismand the forestry. Since the 1960s, winter tourism has been added, with the creation of a ski areabut above all its exceptional Nordic area, one of the of the largest in France

In the heart of the Vercors

Nestled on a plateau, and in the regional natural park of Vercors, Autrans is presented as a country framed by numerous mountains. It has several streams and hamlets that make up its environment charming, enchanting and bucolic.

The locality also has a cultural heritage important with vestiges architectural and archaeological to make the pleasure of the visitors. The municipality counts 1600 inhabitants at the year, which assures you the presence of a small supermarketshops, bars and restaurants, open all year round.

With a modest average altitudebetween 1,050 meters and 1,711 meters, the municipality stands as a destination for charm for vacationers, summer and winter. Its snowmaking The average snowfall is good, but not as good as in the highest resorts of theIsère.

Activities in Autrans

The Autrans resort also has a rich and varied program throughout the year, whether for summer or winter:

  • During thesummermany mountain activities become available such as climbing, mountain biking, hiking and hikingThe locality offers various routes to discover and animations of all kinds for young and old. The locality proposes various courses to be discovered and animations in any kind for young and old. In addition, the village also offers the possibility of integrating fun programs and sports tournaments.
  • During thewinterAlpine skiing, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snow sports remain the most popular activities. Nearly 35 ski slopes and a Nordic area extending up to 115 km, which makes it theone of the largest in France.

The Autrans ski area in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️Autrans
MassifVercors Massif
MountainNorthern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm):21
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm) :21
Longest downhill ski run (in km)4
Name of the ski areaGrand Domaine of Autrans – Méaudre en Vercors
Connected station(s)Autran – Méaudre
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m)1 050
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m)1 710
Average altitude of the ski area (in m)1 380
Total height of the domain (in m)660
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha)0
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs7
Number of blue trails5
Number of red trails6
Number of black runs3
Total number of downhill ski trails21
? Ski lifts ?
Ski lifts7
Children’s treadmill0
Fixed grip chairlifts0
Detachable Chairlifts1
Cable cars0
Total number of lifts8
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area)15
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm):115
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark:No
Presence of an aquatic complex and spaYes
Trails accessible on foot from the village :Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village)1600
Slogan of the stationResort-village of Autrans – Méaudre en Vercors
? Access to the resort ?
Nearest train station:Grenoble
Bus shuttle to a train station:Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers)598
? Price survey in the station ?
Price list of the ski pass (1 day) in high season (access to the entire ski area) 20 €
Price of the weekly pass (6 days) in high season (access to the whole ski area) 101 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 90 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 40 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 420 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 600 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 802 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transportation and food) 1 173 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 2 150 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 2 700 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 129 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 270 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 106
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the stay rate / 107
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 105
Note on the diversity of activities offered (except skiing) / 108
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 107
Note on the average cost of a stay / 109
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /107
? Final station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 107,0
? Ranking according to ? 122nd position out of 232 stations in France

Map of the ski slopes of Autrans

autrans piste map
Trail map

Map of the Nordic area

autrans nordic area map

Autrans in 19 Questions and Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Autrans?

The resort of Autrans is very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as :

Hiking with snowshoes Snowshoeing : this activity provides you with marked trails so that you can fully enjoy your hike. You will be able to take advantage of the magnificent landscapes that the Autrans resort has to offer.

Snowboard Snowboarding : you can also enjoy the gentle slopes and hilly to make snowboarding. This activity will allow you to make the full of strong sensation and to benefit from sensation of incomparable glide.

Dog sledding Dog sledding : you will be able to spend a privileged moment with these magnificent balls of hair. This activity will also allow you to discover the nature that the Autrans resort has to offer.

Nordic Skiing This station also has a cross-country skiing course for fans of the genre. You can enjoy several kilometers of skiing for your greatest pleasure.

  • What are the activities in summer at Autrans ?

The resort of Autrans also offers many summer activities such as :

MOUNTAIN BIKING: You will be able to evaluate the slopes of the trails of the resort and enjoy a feeling of freedom.

Hiking: This activity will allow you to discover the nature that surrounds the resort of Autrans. You can enjoy the bivouac and feel the harmony with nature.

Climbing : This resort is famous for its limestone cliffs, they will be at your disposal to offer you the most sensation. You can enjoy all the benefits of climbing with this activity.

Trial : This activity will allow you to take advantage of the vast plateaus of the station and to traverse its forest. You will discover a multitude of landscapes thanks to this activity.

  • What to visit in Autrans and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in Autrans, we can mention : The hanging houses of Pont-en-Royans, the St-Nazaire aqueduct, the Cistercian Abbey of Léoncel, The Lauzés gables.

  • Where to eat in Autrans ?

The resort of Autrans offers more than 18 restaurants among which we can mention the Hotel Restaurant Les Tilleuls, Outrelans Café, Bench of the bear.

Autrans offers a number of different accommodations such as the Hotel des Tilleuls, Le Vernay, Auberge de la Croix Perrin.

  • How big is the ski area of Autrans?

The ski area of the resort of Autrans has a size of 21 kilometers, divided into 21 trails. Of these, the longest is 1.5 kilometers and there are 200 kilometers of cross-country ski trails.

  • What is the altitude of the Autrans area?

This domain has an altitude between 1050 meters and 1710 meters high.

  • What is the price of the Autrans ski pass?

Their packages start at 20 euros per day, and 101 euros per week.

  • What is the average price of a rental apartment in Autrans?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 420 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 600 euros.

  • Does the resort of Autrans have a bike park?

No, it does not have a bike park.

  • How to get to Autrans by train ?

You can easily get there from the Grenoble train station. Then you can take one of the available shuttles to get to the resort.

  • What is the postal code of Autrans ?

The zip code of Autrans is 38112.

  • In which department is the Autrans resort located ?

The Autrans ski resort is located in the department of Isère.

  • Does the resort of Autrans have a tourist office?

The resort of Autrans is part of the Vercors Intercommunal Tourist Office. It is located at 2 Rue du Cinéma, 38880 Autrans, France.

  • Are there any webcams in Autrans?

Yes, there is a webcam, which you can find at this web address

  • Where can I find information about the weather in Autrans ?

You can find the latest weather report from the Autrans weather station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in Autrans ?

In Autrans, the lifts usually open the first week of December until the beginning of April, but it all depends on the snow conditions in the mountains.

  • Is there an ESF school in Autrans?

Yes, it is at 34 Place Julien Bertrand, 38880 Autrans-Méaudre en Vercors, France.

What is’s opinion about Autrans?

In the end, gives the average rating of 7/10 to Autrans, which places it at number 131 in France. Its strong points are : average snowfall, the size of the domain in relation to the rates, Internet users’ evaluation.

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