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Vaujany

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Vaujany is a commune in the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, bordering Savoie, about 55 km east of Grenoble. The village itself is located at an altitude of 1,250 m, but part of the vast communal territory (71 km²) culminates at more than 3 400 m.

For a long time limited to high-altitude farming (farming), Vaujany's economic activity changed profoundly during the development of the hydro-electric dam at Grand-Maison in the 1980s. Period that the village has a ski resort, taking advantage of a ski area that can be connected to that of the Alpe d'Huez.

Facing the Grandes Rousses massif, the small town of about 300 inhabitants has preserved its authentic character while offering in winter as in summer a panel of varied activities. This, together with its natural environment, contributes to its tourist attractiveness.

Geographical information

MunicipalityVaujany
Postcode38114
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Latitude45.1573800 (N 45° 9’ 27”)
Longitude6.0738050 (E 6° 4’ 26”)
AltitudeFrom 752m to 3464m
Surface area64.54 km²
Population309 inhabitants
Density4 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGrenoble (56 km, 1h01)
Insee code38527
IntercommunalityCC de l'Oisans
DepartmentIsère
TerritoryAlps, Dauphiné
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alps

Nearest cities & towns

Oz7 km (12 min)
Allemond8 km (14 min)
Villard-Reculas17.3 km (26 min)
Le Bourg-d'Oisans18.4 km (26 min)
Livet-et-Gavet20 km (25 min)
Huez21 km (33 min)
La Garde22 km (28 min)
Oulles24 km (38 min)
Ornon24 km (37 min)
L'Alpe d'Huez26 km (40 min)
Villard-Notre-Dame27 km (38 min)
Le Freney-d'Oisans29 km (34 min)
Villard-Reymond30 km (43 min)
Auris30 km (42 min)
Vénosc31 km (39 min)

Things to see and do

In winter, the ski area of ​​Vaujany, which covers part of the territory of the municipality bordering Oz, offers 30 pistes accessible via 25 ski lifts (135 pistes if L'Alpe d'Huez is included). Package per day from 11.50 euros to 34 euros (5 and 7 euros for pedestrians).

For alpine skiing, about thirty instructors are available at the French Ski School for group or individual lessons and passing tests. Information on +33 4 76 80 71 80.

Who wants to try slalom can enjoy the stadium. Information on +33 4 76 80 71 80.

Lovers of snowshoe treks have three loops at their disposal which are accessed by cable car. To be covered in 40 minutes, one hour or 1h45. Information can be obtained by calling +33 (0) 4 76 80 72 37. Contact at +33 (0) 4 76 79 88 71.

Finally, for cross-country skiing, slopes of all levels have been designed in an exceptional environment. There is the Circuit des Lacs (20 km) and the Boucle de Poutran (10 km). Access by cable car. Information on +33 (0) 4 76 80 72 37.

Worry or want another activity? The pool and its relaxation area can be a good alternative. Admission: 4 and 5 euros (swimming only). Information on +33 (0) 4 76 11 11 90.

Sportive and playful at the same time, the skating rink of the sports and leisure center of the town offers a surface of 1 600 ms devoted to the glide. Admission: 3 and 5 euros. Information on +33 4 76 11 11 90.

After a short stroll through the streets of the village, you can choose to discover the history and the environment of the locality by visiting L'Espace Patrimoine. Open in winter from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Free admission. Information on +33 (0) 4 76 79 96 35.

Located in the old town hall of Vaujany, the Maison de la Faune proposes a discovery exploration of animal life in this mountainous territory. Fun activities for the young and interactive courses for all audiences. Free entry. Open from Thursday to Monday from 9am to 12pm and from 2pm to 6pm. Information to +33 4 76 79 87 07.

Finally, to reconcile distraction and apprehension of the history and techniques of hydroelectricity, a visit is recommended by the EDF Hydrélec Museum. Open from Tuesday to Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. Information: +33 (0) 4 76 80 78 00. ®2 During the summer season, in addition to these three open museums, as well as the swimming pool and the ice-rink, there are other sports activities or fun outdoor activities that make holidaymakers happy.

As far as mountain biking is concerned, novice or experienced practitioners have at their disposal a diversified range of courses in terms of difficulty. Some circuits are accessible by lift. In addition, a "ride park" was built in the summer center of the Collet open also to the skaters (track, loops, raised turns). Information on +33 (0) 4 76 80 72 37.

For hiking, the same wide range of trails is possible with varying difficulties. It is advisable to inquire. Some routes can be done in one or two hours, others ask for the day. According to the chosen routes, you can take part of the nature reserve and see chamois or approach the refuges of the Oisans massif, see magnificent views (waterfalls). Brochures and information on +33 (0) 4 76 80 72 37.

At the Center Estival du Collet, other activities for young and old: tennis, archery, frisbee-golf, petanque, giant games and group games. Contact the +33 4 76 80 72 37.

You will not forget the fishermen: a guide can accompany you to learn the techniques of fishing in mountain environment. Contact the +33 6 81 52 64 60.

A pony ride is always a magical moment for children. From 2 euros. Information on +33 4 76 80 72 37.

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Events and festivities

Every Thursday in July and August, the Thursdays of the Refuges de l'Oisans (JRO) allow to discover and share the universe of refuges guards. Friendly atmosphere guaranteed after a walk to get to the venue. From 10 to 30 euros (dinner, breakfast and overnight stay included). Booking on +33 4 76 80 50 01.

Mid-July, Vaujany hosts an international chess festival. Entertainment is provided for younger guests.

The fourth week of July is followed by a scrabble festival. Information on +33 4 76 80 72 37.

In a different register, the Oisans Trail Tour takes place on the 3rd weekend of July (long race in the wilderness on a rugged terrain). Information on +33 4 76 80 45 69.

The first weekend of August, La Vogue of Vaujany is the traditional festival of the village. On the program, street spectacle, tombola, tournament of petanque, inflatable structures, ball and fireworks. The meeting brings together locals and holidaymakers in a friendly atmosphere.

In the middle of August, with Les Pétarades, hundreds of old vehicles cross the massif while having the village as a base camp.

Finally, to discover the gourmet pleasures of the mountains, nothing like the weekly market, every Friday morning...

Weather

Saturday 27 may
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C
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Sunday 28 may
Min. 7°C - Max. 20°C
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Monday 29 may
Min. 8°C - Max. 20°C
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Night-time snowmobile trek
Sports sensations130 € Les Deux Alpes (13.2 km)
Hike in the Arvan Valley
Nature and the great outdoors18 € Saint-Jean-d'Arves (16 km)
Teatime in the pastures and night in a bivouac
Nature and the great outdoors20 € Albiez-Montrond (21 km)
Mountain hiking
Sports sensations9 € Albiez-Montrond (22 km)
Maiden paraglider flight
Sports sensations60 € to 100 € Saint-Hilaire (22 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Auris surge shafts
Mountain bike itineraryAthletic1h00Vaujany
Via ferrata de Vaujany
HikeAthletic2h00Vaujany
From Verney to Enversin
HikeIntermediate3h00Vaujany
From Oz station to Villard Reculas
HikeIntermediate5h35Oz (3.3 km)
The Rivier d'Allement loop
Mountain bike itineraryIntermediate1h25Allemond (3.7 km)

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