The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 1 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Gallery

  • Villard from above

Key facts covers:

  • Grand Domaine Ski (Alpe d'Huez and its satellite resorts)

Key facts

Resort1500 m
Slopes1100-3330 m
Lifts80
Pistes250 km
Price index95

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Villard-Reculas

France

Villard from above

The upside

  • A short hop from Alpe-d’Huez and its extensive slopes
  • Tiny rustic village, blissfully free of ski resort glitz
  • Good local slopes including worthwhile off-piste terrain

The downside

  • Resort amenities about the most limited in the skiing universe
  • Very little choice of lodgings
  • Dead in the evening
  • Local runs are at the tough end of their classifications
  • Road round the mountain to Huez and Alpe-d’Huez is prone to closure

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The name “L’île au soleil” is very…

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Summary

For big-time skiing without all the usual trappings, Villard-Reculas is simply unrivalled. When we visited in January a few years back the total population appeared to be about 80. But a fast chair ride is all it takes to get to the slopes above big, brassy Alpe-d’Huez
The tiny village is set on a sunny shelf at about the treeline. The old core is real backwater of old stone houses separated by narrow lanes. Ranged up the hillside above it are a modest number of private chalets. There are some apartments to rent, including some good ones owned by the community. These are available through the British-run agency La Source, which also runs a charming catered chalet in the heart of the village.
There is an adequate village shop which also serves food, and another little restaurant next door. And a ski shop.

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The slopes

  • Extent 4 out of 5
  • Fast lifts 4 out of 5
  • Snow 4 out of 5
  • Queues 4 out of 5
  • Terrain p'ks 3 out of 5
  • Expert 4 out of 5
  • Intermediate 4 out of 5
  • Beginner 2 out of 5
  • Boarder 4 out of 5
  • X-country 2 out of 5
  • Restaurants 4 out of 5
  • Schools 4 out of 5
  • Families 2 out of 5

The resort

  • Resort charm 4 out of 5
  • Convenience 2 out of 5
  • Scenery 4 out of 5
  • Eating out 1 out of 5
  • Apres ski 1 out of 5
  • Off-slope 1 out of 5

Gallery

  • Villard from above

Key facts covers:

  • Grand Domaine Ski (Alpe d'Huez and its satellite resorts)

Key facts

Resort1500 m
Slopes1100-3330 m
Lifts80
Pistes250 km
Price index95

Linked resorts