Vaujany is part of the sunniest resort in the French Alps, perched on a beautifully scenic corner of the Alpe d’Huez map.
The area is famed for its skiing and winter sports but in summer it uses that superb network of lifts and runs to become perhaps the ultimate backdoor biking resort.
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Having joined the family business Ski Peak at birth, Jamie was always going to fall in love with skiing and the village of Vaujany. Ski Peak is the Vaujany chalet specialist since 1988 and have seen the village transform over the years. He is passionate about the mountains, whether it be skiing, walking, cycling or climbing. He’s now taking Ski Peak and Peak Adventures (summer operation...
Vaujany offers mountain bike holidays with easy access (on your doorstep!) to the entire Alpe d’Huez MTB domain with more than 250 kilometres of trails.
There are 35 tracks in total; eight greens, eight blues, 15 reds and four blacks, the highest of which sits at 3,300m and the lowest point 720m. This includes the unbelievable, death-defying 32kms of non-stop downhill tracks on the Megavalanche circuit, the longest in the world!
The Oisans and Vaujany area has something for everyone; from technically demanding and steep downhill sections crossing meadows, glaciers and undergrowth to more gentle trails on the Bourg d’Oisans plain, ideal for family rides. These are perfect trails if you are just starting out, weaving along ravines and through wooded hillsides.
Then there are the faster, steeper, adrenaline-pumping tracks for enthusiasts which wind their way through dense forests and French pastures.
You can jump on the big, fast queue-less cable car every morning and in no time find yourself faced with a mind boggling selection of downhill thrills to choose from.
The highly rated German mountain bike manufacturer ROSE has selected Vaujany as the ideal base for its Alpine test centre. The local ski shop Ride4Life have joined forces with Rose, renting out these top class pieces of kit, along with all the gear you need to enjoy a day on the hill.
So with a combination of a great facilities and gear, a fantastic lift system and superb mountain guides, the vast area of the Oisans has more than enough to satisfy any rider for the week with varied trails for all levels.
Vaujany is an exceptionally pretty area with picnic stops galore and views aplenty - so don't forget your camera!
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The Megavalanche run
The greatest vertical descent IN THE WORLD (3,300m-720m).
Timed MTB downhill runs on the 'Piste des Vaches' which is a blue slope. There are tables, bumps, two gangways and sweet banked corners, providing a fast and fun ride for all.
Stunning mountain restaurants
The likes of Chalet du Lac Besson and Plage des Neiges offer brilliant cuisine, incredibly reasonable prices and attentive service.
Backdoor access (1,250m to 3,300m)
Due to the lift system and the limited queues, you can enjoy all routes as quick as you want them. There are also some brilliant secret trails on the Col du Sabot.
The area is one of the most beautiful in the Alps, with lakes everywhere and views spanning into Switzerland and Italy.
Best times to go:
The best time to go is in July and August. The whole lift system is open during this time and there are lots of other events going on around Vaujany and the surrounding area, leading to a fun-filled buzzing village. Weather-wise it's also superb, indeed there are more than 300 days of glorious blue skies a year.
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