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Resort guide to Vaujany - France

Sleepy, great value ski village with value chalet accommodation - great family skiing resort

Vaujany resort guide - a general overview

Voted 'The Best Small Resort of the Year' in the 1997 edition of the Good Ski Guide, and 'The Best Family Ski Resort' in 2009. Vaujany is a small and rural village perched on the hillside of its own sector of the Alpe d'Huez skiing area. The village is served by a huge queue-free cable-car which whisks you up to an impressive 2,800m. The village of Vaujany is lovely - very quiet but not much in the way of an apres ski scene, this isn't really a problem though as there are many fantastic chalets in Vaujany for you to relax in after a day on the slopes.

As a result of the compensation from the French government for the building of the local hydro electric dam (which submersed some of the land that belonged to the village) this small community is exceedingly wealthy. Consequently the infrastructure of the village would put resorts such as Whistler and Courchevel 1850 to shame. There are plenty of pedestrian escalators accessing the various levels of the resort (very little uphill walking required) and the leisure centre (25 metre swimming pool, full size ice skating rink, basket ball court and bowling alley) is very impressive indeed. A new creche will shortly be added to the leisure centre which will make Vaujany a truly outstanding family ski holiday destination.

Resort stats

220km

1,250m - 3,320m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dinning
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Great Nursery slopes that are gentle, sunny and easily accessible
  • Extremely efficient modern lift system to access the snow sure Alpe d'Huez ski area
  • Pretty and traditional village with a very friendly atmosphere
  • Highly recommended nursery/creche in Vaujany
  • Fantastic tree skiing for experts

Cons

  • No Nursery slopes in the village, beginners need to catch the gondola to the Montfrais area
  • Not a huge variety of restaurants, but more than enough for a week's holiday

Alpe d'Huez (Vaujany) Resort Restaurants

In La Remise, Pascal's wood fired oven pizzas are legendary. The atmosphere is extremely cosy, with wooden walls and old mountain tools aplenty surrounding you. Traditional French mountain dishes are prepared with great care. Chez Bibi, Mas de Neige and La Mi Do Re are also reputable restaurants in Vaujany. Hotel and ski chalet chefs will be given a run for their money with all that choice!

Alpe d'Huez (Vaujany) Mountain Restaurants

Good cuisine is not just limited to hotels and ski chalets. Vaujany has some superb mountain restuarants. The Bonsoir Clara restaurant is reputedly amongst the best on the mountain boasting an innovative menu combining traditional mountain flavours with modern French twists and a great wine list. L'Auberge Campagnarde and Les Airelles also come highly recommended. La Grange at the Alpette mid station serves good pizzas made on the premises in their traditional, wood burning pizza oven.

Alpe d'Huez (Vaujany) Apres Ski

There are three or four bars in Vaujany where you can have an apres-ski tipple before heading to your hotel or ski chalet. Vaujany is generally pretty low-key, however, and is better suited to families or those looking for a quieter holiday.

Alpe d'Huez (Vaujany) Nightlife

Swallow Bar and L'Etendard bar have a fun atmosphere if you want to get out of your hotel or ski chalet. Vaujany is not the most lively of places though so do not expect a thumping nightlife scene.

Alpe d'Huez (Vaujany) Resort Map

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  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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