The Region

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Villard Reculas is in Isere, Department number 38, in the Rhone-Alpes region.  The nearest city is Grenoble but airports in Lyon, Chambery and even Geneva are within an easy drive.  Whilst renowned for winter sports, the region has worked hard to develop activities for the year round e.g. mountain and downhill biking (VVT in France) as well as road cycling for which it is also famous - Alpe D’Huez has one of the best known climbs in the Tour de France.

Winter

The Grandes Rousses ski area has almost 250km of pisted skiing and extensive off-piste areas.  In addition to Villard Reculas and Alpe D’Huez, the area also includes Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans and Vaujany.

For those that find that even this isn’t sufficient, the resort of Les Deux Alpes is 35km away.  It can also be accessed by helicopter at Alpe D’Huez altiport.  A 6 day Visialp pass includes upto 2 days in Les Deux Alpes.  Or for those who want more of an off-piste thrill, La Grave is 40km away.

The resort also offers 50km of cross country trails.

Summer

The area offers superb off-road biking, there are 250km of runs between the villages, 14 (121km) downhill and 11 (112km) cross country marked trails of varying difficulty.

For those who favour cycling on the road, the area offers not only the famous Alpe D’Huez climb but also others such as the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Galibier.

Situated as it is, in the heart of the Ecrins National Park, there are a great variety of walks and hikes for those who prefer legs to wheels.

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And whether it’s winter or summer, if the sun is shining and you’re not in the mood for any form of exertion, just relax on a lounger on the terrace and take in the view with a glass of wine.

 

Other Activities. In addition to the above activities, depending on the season, there is plenty to keep boredom at bay, including an ice-rink, horse-riding, paragliding and skidooing.  There are swimming pools in Alpe D’Huez and Vaujany.  The cinema in Alpe D’Huez regularly shows English language films (with French subtitles)

 

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