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Villard Reculas

Villard Reculas, a small village on the slopes of Alpe d’Huez

Villard Reculas is a real mountain village of yesteryear, which was built by the farmers, in order to allow them the pastoralism in the surrounding mountain pastures. Thus, the alleys of the village have a real soul, with old closures transformed into housing at the rent.

Part of the department ofIsèreVillard Reculas is part of the region of Auvergne Rhône Alpes, and is only 55klm from Grenoblewhere shuttles connect the train station. If you come by car, and in winter, bring chains or snow tires.

This village has only 55 inhabitants per year. Thus, it is classified in the least populated cities of this department. Even with its population small, the village is however animated during school vacations.

However, Villard Reculas offers a direct access to the slopes of Alpe d’huez ski areawith ski lifts the latest technology. It is thus possible to live in a small village, and to benefit from the facilities of a large international resort.

Note that the village has some shopshave a multi-service grocery store, and a store of sales of ski equipment, and which also proposes the hiring. Finally, the village has two restaurants open, during school vacations.

A domain that faces south

Exposed in facing south, and overlooking the Romance valley, Villard Reculas rises to a height of altitude of 1 500 m, but you can ski above 3000m, thanks to its connection with the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine ski area, which connects it to this village.

It is a village in balcony, and from some houses, you can see the mountainsides, with the snowy slopes of Alpe d’Huez, which make dream the great skiers.

Taking the chairlift The chairlift  » Le Villarais  » will take you to the more animated high altitude resort of l’Alpe d’Huez, and go to the conquest of the 250klm of tracks of the domain. And a blue run will give you the possibility to return home.

Sporting activities with the rhythm of the seasons

For each season, Villard Reculas offers different activities sports that attract tourists. The summer is more quietwithout the noise of the ski lifts, and with meetings possible with the local pastoralism.

Thus, in summer, the routes in MOUNTAIN BIKE (downhill) as well as the Trail de l’Oisans are the most famous, but there is especially the possibility of making many excursions there. You can do some cyclingif you like climbs, and or go to the pool of Alpe d’Huez.

The Villard Reculas ski area in figures

⛷️ Ski resort ⛷️ Villard Reculas
Commune Villard Reculas
Massif Massif des Grandes Rousses
Department Isère
Mountain Northern Alps
? Ski area ?
Size of the village ski area (in klm): 45
Size of the village ski area with connection(s) (in klm): 250
Longest downhill ski run (in km) 3
Name of the ski area Alpe Huez Grand Domaine Ski
Connected resort(s) Alpe Huez, Vaujany, Oz-en-Oisans, Auris en Oisans
❄ Altitude of the ski area ❄
Altitude at the bottom of the ski area (in m) 1 480
Altitude at the top of the ski area (in m) 2 115
Average altitude of the ski area (in m) 1 798
Total height of the domain (in m) 635
Surface area of artificial snow (in ha) 30
? Difficulty of ski trails ?
Number of green runs 6
Number of blue runs 4
Number of red trails 3
Number of black runs 1
Total number of downhill ski trails 14
? Lifts ?
Ski lifts 7
Children’s treadmill 0
Fixed grip chairlifts 1
Detachable Chairlifts 0
Funiculars 0
Gondolas 0
Cable cars 0
Total number of lifts 8
? Nordic ski area ?
Number of cross-country ski trails (or Nordic area) 3
Size of the Nordic ski area (in klm): 28
?️ Services in the station ?️
Presence of a snowpark: Yes
Presence of an aquatic complex and spa No
Trails accessible on foot from the village : Yes
Number of year-round inhabitants (including low-lying village) 55
Slogan of the station Authentic by passion
? Access to the station ?
Nearest train station: Grenoble
Bus shuttle to a train station: Yes
Distance from Paris (in kilometers) 629
? 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) 106 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (adult) 100 €
Ski equipment rental rate per week (child) 40 €
Rental studio 2 persons (school vacations) 600 €
Family apartment rental 4 persons (school vacations) 800 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults (excluding transportation and food) 1 012 €
Total cost of stay for 2 adults and 2 children (excluding transport and food) 1 409 €
? Average real estate rate ?
Average price per m2 of an apartment 3 600 €
Average price per m2 of a chalet 5 700 €
Average price of a 60m2 apartment 216 000 €
Average price of a 100m2 chalet 570 000 €
? Station evaluation on 7 criteria ?
Score on the average snowmaking capacity of the massif / 10 8
Note on the ratio between the size of the ski area vs. the stay rate / 10 8
Evaluation note of the ski area and ski lifts / 10 5
Note on the diversity of activities offered (except skiing) / 10 5
Note on the charm and interest of the Village / 10 8
Note on the average cost of a stay / 10 7
Score on the average evaluation of Internet users /10 7,5
? Station average via 7 criteria ?
Final average score according to / 10 6,9
? Ranking according to ? 139th position out of 232 stations in France

Villard Reculas in Questions / Answers

  • What are the winter activities in Villard Reculas?

The resort of villard-reculas is a very rich in activities, especially in winter it offers activities such as:

Snowshoeing Snowshoeing : this activity gives you the opportunity to explore the resort and its surroundings in winter. You can discover its nature and admire its snowy landscapes.

Sledding Sledding : this activity is accessible to all and is perfect for a fun time with friends or family. You will be able to hurtle down the sledging slopes of the resort at full speed.

Sled dogs This activity gives you the opportunity to spend time with beautiful sled dogs. You can enjoy unique sensations of sliding aboard a sled.

Cross-country skiing Cross-country skiing : this activity allows you to ski in complete freedom on wild tracks. You can enjoy the sensations of skiing off the beaten track.

  • What are the activities in summer at the resort of villard-reculas?

The resort of villard-reculas also offers many summer activities like:

Hiking This activity allows you to enjoy the nature of the resort. You will be able to explore and discover its fauna, its flora while admiring its summer landscapes.

MOUNTAIN BIKING Mountain biking : this activity allows you to take full advantage of the relief of the resort. You will be able to hurtle down the slopes of the resort at full speed and enjoy the thrill.

Trial: This activity between running and hiking allows you to take advantage of the relief of the resort to do your exercises while admiring its landscapes.

Climbing : This activity allows you to enjoy the thrill of climbing the rock formations of the resort and its surroundings. You can at the same time admire its landscapes.

  • What to visit in villard-reculas and its surroundings ?

Among these places that you must visit in the resort of villard-reculas, we can cite: Notre-Dame des Neiges church, La Grande Sûre, Lac du Verney, the Brandes Archaeological Site.

  • Where to eat in villard-reculas ?

The resort of villard-reculas proposes several restaurants among which we can quote: Le Chalet du Pèr’Sillé, Au Montagnard, La Crémaillère.

  • Where to sleep in villard reculas ?

The resort of villard-reculas offers a number of different accommodations such as: It will be nice tomorrow, Camping RCN Belledonne, Gite Le Grand Renaud.

  • How big is the ski area of villard-reculas?

The ski area of the resort of villard-reculas has a size of 250 kilometers, divided into 14 tracks. Among these slopes, the longest measures 28 kilometers. It also has 28 kilometers of cross-country skiing.

  • What is the altitude of villard-reculas?

This area has an altitude between 1480 meters and 2115 meters high.

  • What is the price of the villard-reculas package?

Their packages start from 20 euros per day.

  • What is the average price of a rental in villard-reculas?

For a furnished studio for 2 people, the average price is 600 euros, and for an apartment for 4 people, the average price per week is 800 euros.

  • Does the resort of villard-reculas have a bike park?

No, it does not have a Bike Park.

  • How to get to villard-reculas 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 zip code of villard-reculas ?

The zip code for villard-reculas is 38114.

  • In which department is villard-reculas located ?

The resort of villard-reculas is located in the department of Isère.

  • Does the resort of villard-reculas have a tourist office?

The resort of villard-reculas is part of the tourist office villard reculas It is located at 1 Route des Pistes 38114 Villard Reculas.

  • Are there any webcams on villard-reculas ?

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

  • Where to find information about the weather in villard-reculas ?

You can find the latest weather report from the villard-reculas station at

  • What is the opening date of the ski lifts in villard-reculas?

At villard-reculas resort, the lifts usually open the first week of December, until the beginning of April, but everything depends on the snow cover of the massif.

  • Is there an ESF school in villard-reculas ?

Yes, it is at 5 Route des Pistes 38114 Villard Reculas.

What is’s opinion on villard-reculas?

Bottom line, gives villard-reculas a rating of 6.92 on average, which puts it in 137th place in France. Its strong points are : cost of a stay 8/10ski area 7/10, average snowfall 8/10.

Map of the ski slopes of Villard Reculas

Villard Reculas - Map of the ski slopes
Villard Reculas – Ski slopes map
Alpe Huez - Ski slopes map
Alpe Huez – Ski slopes map
Villard Reculas - Cross country skiing and snowshoeing trail map
Villard Reculas – Map of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails


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