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Villard de Lans, France

Villard de Lans ski holidays

Established in 1906 the French ski resort Villard de Lans lies at 1050 metres altitude in the Dauphiné - Isère region of the French Alps / Alpes. With the highest lifts and ski slopes at 2170m the area is not snow sure. Over 220 snow cannons ensure artificial snow making covers 16km of trails, which equates to around 12 of the slopes. The nearest airport transfer to Villard de Lans is Grenoble at a distance of 58km or approximately 60 minutes driving time. Their season runs from December to April.

SNO-man says

Pleasant, large, traditional resort with extensive skiing reached from the Cote 2000 ski centre above the village . Night life is lively and snow cover relatively certain thanks to extensive snow-making.

Alpine Downhill Runs

Beginner Trails
 4 runs 30km
13%  Intermediate Trails
 8 runs 40km
Advanced Trails
 9 runs 30km
55%  Expert Trails
 8 runs 25km

Resort and Holiday Stats

View our detailed Villard de Lans snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Villard de Lans snow history.

Apres Ski
Family/child Friendly
Value for money
Lift Pass Prices (adult 6 day) €? - €?
Traditional Village / Purpose Built Resort
Resort OpensDec 2021
Resort ClosesApr 2022
( snow conditions often influence opening/closing)

Mountain and Slopes

Downhill Runs 125km
total length of Villard de Lans trails
Longest Lift-Served Run 6km
longest piste or trail reachable by lift
Slope Orientation N E
direction Villard de Lans area faces
Top Altitude 2170m
top station of highest lift
Bottom Altitude 1150m
bottom of lowest run
Resort Altitude 1050m
centre of Villard de Lans ski resort
Vertical Drop 1000m
total descent from top lift to bottom piste
Skiable Vertical ^v 1000m
can include extra hike up above top lift

Snow Report

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Web Cam

Villard de Lans web cams
Nearby resorts:

Alpe d'Huez

Skiing in Villard de Lans

29 pistes and trails means approximately 125km of runs. 28 Villard de Lans lifts have capacity to transport 30000 per hour. The longest run in the French ski resort is over 6km.

The mountain has 13% beginner runs or nursery slopes, 25% intermediate, 55% advanced slopes and 20% for experts - the most difficult piste is the ?km Le Grand Couloir run, with a steepness/slope angle of ?%. There is no night skiing.

Rating for skiing gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Snowboarding in Villard de Lans

Of the 28 ski lifts, 18 are surface lifts or "drag lifts" - this gives an indication of how modern the lift system is and how good Villard de Lans is for snowboarding - especially for beginners learning to board. Facilities include 1 terrain parks and 0 half pipe (longest half pipe length is 0 metres), 0 quarter pipe and 0 boardercross courses.

Rating for snowboarding gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Villard de Lans Apres Ski

Off-Slope activities include:

16 apres ski bars 51 restaurants 1 bowling 1 night club 1 cinema 0 billiards / pool 0 games room 0 concert 1 indoor swimming 0 outdoor heated pools 1 saunas 1 hot tubs 0 solariums 1 masseurs 1 indoor ice skating 0 outdoor ice skating 1 indoor sports centre 0 indoor tennis 0 squash racquetball 2 sleigh rides 1 ballooning 1 horse riding 0 prepare winter walks 1 climbing 1 golf 0 fishing 3 museum 1 library Plus these additional apres ski facilities Archery, Ballooning, Bridge, Casino, Caving, Ice Climbing, Luge, Scrabble.

Rating for apres ski gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

"Villard de Lans" by any other name

The French resort is also known as and has common misspellings:

The direction which the various Villard de Lans slopes face can make or break your ski holiday. To guarantee good snow conditions, choose a resort with piste which face the right way for the time of year you're travelling.

- In the coldest winter months of January and February pick a resort with sunny south facing slopes, so your days on the snow doesn't feel like a polar expedition. Conversely, in the warmest spring skiing months of March and especially April, a resort with cool and shady north facing trails will ensure you're not riding on slush, but benefitting from best late season snow. The best destinations have areas which face in all directions so that you're guaranteed greating conditions whatever the weather. Villard de Lans has slopes facing N E.

Rating for snow gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Villard de Lans Shopping

Villard de Lans shopping - fashion boutiques, outdoor gear and food shops

80 shops locally

Villard de Lans value for money gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Ski Equipment Rental Shops in Villard de Lans

Villard de Lans hire shops - overview of all shopping in Villard de Lans

80 shops locally

Villard de Lans ski rental shops value rating gets ? stars out of 5 overall    

Main Ski School in Villard de Lans

Villard de Lans ski school - snowboarding course & skiing lessons

The official ski/board school is called Ecole de Ski Villard de Lans and has 70 teachers teaching in English, French, Italian, Spanish and taking students from a minimum age of 2.5.? ? 951094

Villard de Lans for beginners         gets 4 stars out of 5 overall    

Villard de Lans for intermediates  gets 5 stars out of 5 overall    

Villard de Lans for expert skiers   gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Villard de Lans for snowboarding  gets 3 stars out of 5 overall    

Mountain & Snow Sports in Villard de Lans

Villard de Lans snow sports - off slope winter mountain sports

Cross Country Skiing (langlaufen) in Villard de Lans: 130km X C ski trails, Lessons available? Y

Easy XC Ski Trails: 20km     Intermediate XC Trails: 60km   Difficult XC Trails: 50km

Telemark Tuittion: Y     Telemark Rental 1      Paragliding schools: 1

Snow mobile Rental: 0     Toboggan Run Length: 0.3km

Non Skiing Winter & Snow Activities in Villard de Lans

Villard de Lans snow fun - off slope winter activities

Outdoor Ice Rink: 0 Indoor Ice Rink: 1 Balloon Flights: 1

Prepared Winter Walks: 0 Snowshoeing: 1 Hang Gliding : 0

Snow mobile Rental: 0 Toboggan Run Length: 0.3km Paragliding schools: 1

Villard de Lans non skiing facilities also include Archery, Ballooning, Bridge, Casino, Caving, Ice Climbing, Luge, Scrabble.

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