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GABBRO is situated about a 100m walk from the nearest piste with access to the Cloudit button lift. (You need a lift pass for this lift).

An alternative is a short drive through the village to the funitel adjacent to a large car park. The funitel takes you to the bottom of the Le Villarais chair lift where you will also need a pass.

Within the row of shops in Villard are the Tourist Office where ski passes can be obtained, the village ESF (ski school), and Le P’tit Pingouin - the ski hire shop.

Villard Reculas has a small, but well-stocked Casino supermarket which offers most of the essentials for self-catering. A much larger Casino is in Bourg D’Oisans, a 20 minute drive from Villard.

Villard Reculas

Villard Reculas has restaurants offering a range of cuisine, from bar snacks and pizza to local fare. Nearby is the excellent La Bergerie, situated on the piste at the bottom of the Le Villarais lift, which can also be walked to.


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.The resort also offers 50km of cross country trails.

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 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.

The Region

Villard Reculas is in Isere, 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.

Linked in to the vast Alpe d’Huez ski area, Villard Reculas remains a small, authentic but modern, alpine village. It offers the perfect base, in both summer and winter, for those who, after an active day, want to relax in beautiful, peaceful surroundings.


Access to the slopes