If your only experience of the Vercors is from visits in the summer, then you will be very
surprised how much busier it is in the winter. Considerably more holiday euros pass
through the tills in the skiing season than in the summer. The Vercors can be considered as
one vast ski station with many, many kilometres of cross-country skiing (Ski du Fond)
linking the main alpine (or downhill) stations of Autrans, Meaudre, Lans, Correncon/Villard,
Rousset and Chaud Clapier/Font d'Url. (The 1968 Winter Olympics were held in the
Vercors). There is no permanent glacier on the Vercors plateaux, so of all the ski areas in
the Alps, the Vercors is perhaps the most weather dependent and certainly one of the first
to loose snow cover. Do not discount this area for skiing though, as when the conditions are
good, the skiing is superb.
This overview concentrates on the alpine ski stations.
Autrans: The most northerly station and therefore the last to close, but equally, conditions
can become very difficult due to the piste freezing hard. Mostly steep down hill runs of
limited extent. The ski school area is often very busy with local school children.
4 button tows
2 black runs
5 red runs
1 blue run
1 green run
ESF: 2 button tows and various low level greens
Meaudre: Lower altitude than Autrans with a limited number of runs, but very popular
2 chair lifts
2 button tows
2 red runs
2 blue runs
ESF: 1 button tow and green runs
Lans-en-Vercors: A very popular resort which we have not yet visited.
5 button tows (or chair lifts)
4 red runs
5 blue runs (with a high level traverse)
Col du Rousset: A brilliant and deceptively extensive area of skiing situated beneath the
Montagne de Beurre at the southern extremity of the Vercors. Excellent for novices and
intermediate level skiing with some very pretty low level runs through trees as well as
extensive views of the Grand Veymont from the higher runs. Top Tip: It can be very busy
at the main station, so get your ski pass and then drive around the back of the resort to the
bottom of Berger ski tow (indicated by the red cross sign for the first aid station on the piste
map) where you can usually park at the side of the road - 1 minute from the tow.
1 chair lift
8 button tows
2 black runs
4 red runs
9 blue runs
12 green runs
Chaud Clapier/Font d’Urle: Situated at a similar altitude to Rousset, and within recent
years has benefited from an expansion of pistes. It is an excellent skiing area, especially for
novices and intermediates. Top Tip: It can be very busy at the main station, so get your ski
pass and then drive down the road to the second obvious parking area which is at the
bottom of Foret ski tow - 2 minutes from the tow.
9 button tows
1 black run
4 red runs
7 blue runs
And an extensive network of green runs
Villard-de-Lans (le Balcon): The finest skiing in the Vercors with extensive skiing for all
levels, it is the only station in the Vercors that has snow canons. The view of the east
Vercors ridge from the belvedere on the far side of the Grand Moucherolle is
Breathtaking. Combined with the station at Correncon, there are:
2 gondola lifts
8 chair lifts
7 button tows
A comprehensive range of pistes to suit all abilities
Correncon: The back door to the Moucherolle. Top tip: Ski from Correncon and avoid
the massive car parks and queues at the Villard end.
Raquetting: A good alternative winter activity is raquetting (walking with snow shoes).
Raquettes can be hired quite cheaply from most ski resorts and can enable a good day out
in wonderful winter surroundings. The open Font d’Urle plateaux area is especially good,
providing an arctic like winter experience.