Peace and authenticity
Are you looking for a hilltop village? Well, Villard-Reculas is the village for you! It’s located on an immense balcony cliff looking over the Vallée de la Romache and is drenched in sunlight! This is another village in Oisans which took real feats of prowess to get to, with work taking decades to carry out.
The huge Alpine pastures allowed humanity to first farm, then ski. In 1946, due to its proximity to the Alpe d’Huez ski resort, Villard-Reculas transformed into a ski resort. This small ski resort innovates while also maintaining its authenticity!
Villard-Reculas quickly followed in the footsteps of its neighbour, becoming the first satellite resort in Alpe d’Huez, thanks to its connection via button lift in 1946. Nowadays, this small mountain resort (open in winter and summer) has a wide variety of activities, all wrapped up in peace and authenticity.
In winter: skiing, snowshoeing, ski mountaineering. In summer: hiking, mountain biking, cycle tourism and trail running with the Station de Trail in Oisans. Don’t forget to take in a bit of culture by visiting the village or the goat farm.
What to see and do
A Village-resort at Alpe d’Huez Grand Domaine Ski
Who would have guessed that behind the peaceful and charming traditional village of Villard-Reculas, you would find the first resort to be connected to Alpe d’Huez? Since 1946, ski lifts have been taking people to the Pic du Signal, which separates the tiny village from the international resort. Since then, Villard-Reculas has worked hard to maintain its traditional village, while also connecting to one of the most beautiful skiing areas in the Alps.
Trail running in Villard-Reculas
Thanks to its central location in Oisans, at the heart of a network of waymarked and maintained trails, Villard-Reculas has created an equipped home base. That’s not it, though! There is also the white trail in winter, and the Oisans Trail Tour in summer. The stunning landscapes of Oisans do the rest!
An authentic village
Villard-Reculas is a traditional village, thanks to its residents who have always made sure that the village protects its identity. Go up for a day out, strolling through its narrow streets, around the small church and on to the local farm, La Chèvre…rie. Immerse yourself in Alpine pasture culture above the village, take a detour to the small Lac du Langaret, follow the panoramic trail up to Alpe d’Huez or follow the Sentier de Découverte to fully take in life in a high-altitude village.