Villard de Lans and Corrençon existed long before the development of tourist resorts.
Even today, their tranquil village life goes on, following the seasons, as the two villages have managed to preserve their quality of life: busy local life, local products, new builds respecting tradition and the identity of the region.
Villard de Lans or Corrençon?
To each its own character... While Villard’s lively pedestrian streets offer a wealth of events and activities, Corrençon boasts the charm of a small mountain village, authentic and peaceful.
But there’s no competition between the two. Quite the contrary! Both deeply attached to their local heritage, the two communities have made their complementarity a real asset.
Villard de Lans
A cheerful and lively ski resort and village
Head of the canton, Villard de Lans is the focal point of the Vercors.
Located at 1,050m altitude, this village of 4,000 inhabitants is built on several levels in the foothills of the Grande Moucherolle, 2,285m high, which dominates the village.
Created at the beginning of the century during the boom of ‘bourgeois’ tourism, the village has retained its architectural heritage and its friendly atmosphere. Before winter sports took precedence in 1925, it was fashionable to come here and enjoy the benefits of an ‘air and milk’ cure.
Its particularly favourable location, its ease of access and the purity of its mountain air, recognized since the beginning of the century, have created a new economy, boosted by the 1968 Olympics Games.
The village developed its tourist sector based on climatism, summer activities and wintersports.
With the creation in the early 70s of an integrated resort, ‘Le Balcon de Villard-Cote 2000,’ Villard de Lans has armed itself with an essential tool to offer direct access to the ski slopes. Two types of holidays are available: ‘with direct access to the ski slopes’ from the Balcon de Villard resort located 5km from the village centre, or ‘in the village,’ connected to the downhill and Nordic skiing areas by free shuttle.
Villard de Lans has never ceased to evolve and today, its modern and varied tourist facilities have not prevented it from keeping its authenticity as a medium-high altitude agricultural village, busy all year round.
Corrençon in Vercors "The pretty village with a fabulous countryside"
Located at 1,111 metres above sea level, this small friendly and welcoming village is as pretty as a picture.
Nestled in the extreme south the vast Val de Lans plateau, in the centre of a clearing surrounded by forests, Corrençon gathers its village under the majestic summits of the Petite and Grande Moucherolle (2,255M). You know you have arrived at the mountain range because the road stops at Corrençon to give way, further south, to the immense protected spaces of the largest Natural Reserve in France - "Les Hauts plateaux du Vercos (The Vercos Highlands)".
Known for its gourmet restaurants and its quality accommodation, Corrençon is the ideal destination toexperience real mountain life in comfortable surroundings.
A return to a peaceful and friendly but never boring life: such is the promise of this small village "at the edge of the world".
In winter, the village "at the foot of the ski hills" is appreciated for its easy access to 235 km of ski slopes connected to Villard, the neighbouring resort and its "Ribambel hamlet", a space located at the heart of the village and entirely dedicated to children's activities and in complete safety.
From the time the snow melts until November, Corrençon offers golfing enthusiasts the wide open spaces and the beauty of an 18-hole course ranked among the most beautiful Mountain golf courses in mountainous Europe.
In Corrençon, time seems to be suspended for its 375 habitants to allow others to appreciate their quality of life. The solidarity of the mountain people, simple flavours, the families of Corrençon open their doors and share a thousand one delights and traditions with visitors, whatever the season.
In addition to many sports and fun activities, Corrençon is above all a haven of peace where you can choose simply to relax and live in harmony with nature.