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Chalet La Source in the old village (169936 bytes)
La Source Ski Chalet in spring

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Villard Reculas mountain village

Chalet La Source and Villard Reculas (155356 bytes)
La Source Ski Chalet in Villard Reculas

Unspoilt Mountain Ski Village, linked to Alpe d'Huez, France 

Villard Reculas is a beautiful traditional French ski mountain village situated at 1550 metres. Whilst remaining unspoilt it has easy access to the enormous Alpe d’Huez ski resort.  
Snow cannons have now been installed from the top of Signal Hill to the lowest slopes in Villard Reculas, to ensure a snow-sure return pistes throughout the long season.

In the village there is one hotel, several restaurants and bars, a well stocked supermarket, 2 sports shops with ski and snowboard hire facilities, and a local branch of the ESF ski school.

The village is serviced by a high speed quad chair lift, which connects quickly and easily to the main ski area of Alpe d’Huez. 

The slopes in Villard Reculas are west facing and hold the snow exceptionally well. The village has its own ski school and and a variety of slopes for all abilities including nursery slopes.

Premier French Ski Area

Alpe d’Huez is one of France’s top five alpine high altitude ski resorts and boasts an excellent snow record and extended season. It is renowned for its sunshine record and spectacular views of the Ecrin National Park Mountains.

The ski lift system of Alpe d’Huez is amongst the most modern in Europe and there is excellent skiing & snowboarding for all abilities. For beginners the lower ski slopes surrounding Alpe d’Huez provide confidence boosting green and blue ski runs. Intermediates will find miles of interesting blue and challenging red ski runs with fantastic excursions to the satellite villages.

The advanced skier will find some of the most testing terrain in France from the top of Pic Blanc at 3330 metres, including the ‘Tunnel’ and the ‘Sarenne’ – the longest black ski run in Europe(16kms).  The Sarenne glacier's access from the top of Pic Blanc was improved during the 2003 season with the installation of two 4 man chairs. 

Access to the Sarenne glacier was further improved in the 2004 season with the installation of Marmotte 3 - a ‘Funitel’ ski lift capable of transporting 1000 skiers per hour in all weather conditions. This provides 2 access points to the glacier and allow snow-sure glacier skiing throughout the long 5 months winter French ski season

For snowboarders Alpe d’Huez is ‘friendly’ with its own snow-park suitable for beginner and intermediate snowboarders, and spectacular off piste possibilities for the more advanced snowboarder.

French self catering holidays - Villard ski lift (38377 bytes)
Villard Quad lift - 
gives fast easy access to the
 ski areas of Signal Hill
 and Alpe d'Huez

Classic off piste Ski run down to Villard Reculas (112692 bytes)
Classic off piste return down to Villard Reculas 


France chalet - Alpe d'Huez Piste map (442894 bytes)
  Piste Map of Alpe d'Huez   
& Villard Reculas ski areas, France
(full size)



Your Ski Experience 

La Source Ski Chalet recognise the importance of good organisation, and therefore we will ensure that you are provided with ski, snowboard and boot hire the evening of your arrival, and ski passes will be awaiting you in readiness for the first lift.

We will make suggestions as to the most suitable ski schools, make reservations and introduce you to your school/instructor on your first day. The La Source minibus will be available to take you to the lifts

Ski guiding is offered at the beginning of the week to ensure that you maximise your time on the slopes and appreciate the extensive and varied terrain, and discover the charm of Alpe d’Huez and its surrounding villages – also see: Guiding and Ski Schools

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Piste down from Signal Hill to Alpe d'Huez with 
Signal l'Homme in the background, across the valley

Alpe d'Huez Ski Information   

Resort altitude from 1100 to 3330 metres
Alpe d’Huez is at 1860 mètres
Ski lift capacity – 95,000 persons/hour
84 lifts

  6 Cable cars
10 Gondolas
  3 Access lifts
24 Chair lifts
41 Drag lifts

248 kms of Pistes

Greens – 39
Blues    – 31
Reds    – 36
Blacks  – 17

Cross country skiing – 54 kms
Longest lift served vertical drop in the French Alps – 2230 metres from Pic Blanc to L’Enversin d’Oz.
Longest black piste in Europe – the Sarenne ski run 16 kms.
785 snow cannons providing 64kms of guaranteed snow.
lifts open daily at 0900hrs to 1700hrs -

Useful links for Alpe d’Huez ski resort and independent comment

Alpe d’Huez tourist office  
Where to Ski & Snowboard guide
6 day snow-forecast Alpe-d'Huez
Villard Reculas info 
Villard Reculas Snow Forecast


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Last modified by  AJS Consultants  on  January 02, 2012               © 2014 La Source