Villard Reculas is located in the heart of the Grandes Rousses mountain range. Seven towns of the Oisans (Alpe d'Huez, Auris, La Garde, Le Freney d'Oisans, Oz en Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas) make up the ski area of ​​Alpe d'Huez Domaine Skiable.

A brief history of the village

Villard Reculas has 62 residents, called Villarais. The village is located in the western foothills of the Grandes Rousses facing south west and is 700 meters above the plain of Bourg d'Oisans. This mountain town once nearly disappeared because of its remoteness, which further accelerated the rural depopulation in the 1970s. Until 1982, the sole access to the village was the small, dangerous road (with risks of avalanches and landslides) that connects Villard to the village of Huez four kilometers away.

Before the arrival of winter sports, the core activities of Villard Reculas were traditional mountain farming and peddling. The union with the ski resort of Alpe d'Huez in 1946 thus helped to maintain the population of this small village. This connection has seen various developments since: lifts, "ratrac" paths, chairlifts, snowmaking machines.... But what really saved the village from isolation is the new road from Allemont, which you will surely take to get here.

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As you may come to see firsthand, the assets of Villard Reculas are plentiful: a breathtaking panoramic view of the high peaks of the Oisans, a relatively dry climate and generous sunshine thanks to its location at 1550 meters altitude. Forests and pastures provide for numerous walks in both summer and winter.

Its central location provides easy access to the finest part of the vast ski area of Alpe d'Huez. The Northwest-facing slopes ensure sunshine and quality snow. The proximity of the city of Grenoble, less than 1 hour away, is also considered a major attraction. And last but not least, the quality and charm of its chalets gives the resort an intimate, personal dimension.

If you need a private transfer to Villard Reculas from Grenoble, Lyon, Geneva or Chambery airports, you can contact Guy and its Chairlift team: http://www.chairlift.eu/


Visit Villard Reculas Tourist Information Website

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