|Minimum Stay||6 - 8 nights|
A private, cosy detached ski & summer chalet in the Vaujany commune, named by L'Equipe newspaper as the best village ski resort in the French Alps and awarded Sunday Times Top 5 ski resorts for families - designed with space in mind - to sleep up to 8 guests through 4 double bedrooms within a modern and spacious 125m2 interior + 45m2 pinewood decked balcony & terrace space + 35m2 garage + private parking. The chalet is only a 3 minute (very easy local road) drive from Vaujany's main super ski lift where there is free parking and stress free access to all of the Vaujany and Alpe d'Huez pistes.
Furnished to a high standard throughout, chalet Verney suits both independent travelers and families who are looking for a home-from-home private location all within 3 minutes of Alpe d'Huez ski domain as well as being a superb spot for cycling . The Marmotte course including the famous climbs of the Tour de France (Croix de Fer, Glandon, Alpe d'Huez) are on uyour doorstep. Also, fantastic mountain walks, and the Alpe d'Huez Triathlon!
Besides sport, the chalet and location also suits mountain lovers seeking a quiet authentic summer location - super spot for bird watching (golden eagles) and with your 'own' trail path behind the chalet...
Want to ski all day in a major ski area then escape to an unspoilt mountain hamlet far from the madding crowd? Chalet Verney provides your ideal base.
Less than an hour's drive from Grenoble, the quintessentially french resort of Vaujany sits in a charming valley in the heart of the Oisans mountains with altitude views of Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso and the Ecrins. Boasting one of the world's classic ski runs - the 'Champagne Run' - (a massive 2230m of vertical piste drop, click here) it provides world class piste and off-piste skiing for all abilities in a setting that is both magnificent and tranquil.
Vaujany village centre and its 160-man high speed gondola is a simple 3 minute drive (2km) or free bus ride from the chalet providing unequalled, mostly queue-free lift access to the entire Alpe d’Huez ski domain.
Overlooking its namesake, lake Verney - location of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swim - with arguably the best panorama of all Vaujany ski chalets, chalet Verney is a true home-from-home in the mountains within easy reach of Grenoble and Lyon main airports.
The chalet's wooden balconies and terrace provide outdoor dining with the most stunning alpine views in the entire Vaujany and Alpe d’Huez area, encompassing the Belledonne and Grandes Rousses peaks up to 3470m altitude.
Summer activities, besides cycling, include peaceful alpine trail walks with incredible views starting from directly behind the chalet. This location is also ideal for challenging mountain bike trails adopting much of the Alpe d'Huez ski piste routes, and for a small village Vaujany boasts a superb modern leisure centre with 25m indoor heated pool, gym and sauna as well as award winning child facilities. Additionally, there are tennis courts at altitude, a children’s play area and a newly built bike park providing further facilities only a few minutes drive above Vaujany in the Collet area.
Having been passionate about the mountains for almost 20 years mainly through road cycling and secondly through skiing, I decided to take the plunge and run a small chalet rental business... a cosy home-from-home that reflected the kind of place I would like to stay in myself. Somewhere with amazing links for (world-class) skiing yet within an authentic unspoilt mountain setting... I chose the small hamlet of Pourchery next to Vaujany for these reasons, oh and did I mention the absolutely stunning mountain and lake panorama with South/South West aspect!
Whilst I now live in New York I still spend time each season there enjoying the chalet/location as a holidaymaker myself - ski, hike, bike, enjoy!
Martyn Jones purchased this chalet in 2008
For one, its very spacious compared to typical 'chalets' in french mountain resorts. It has its own garage, is set in its own rock gardens and provides loads of parking space.
Whilst perfect for the more independent travelers it does also offer the benefit of a nearby (150 metres) free bus service to and from Vaujany village - hassle free quick access to Vaujany's huge high altitude ski lift!
The unique selling point for me is the fact you have world-clsss skiing / facilities and mountain sports access yet within an authentic mountain hamlet setting - unspoilt
The large decked balcony & terrace area (45m2) provides incredible Rhone Alps mountain and lake views - picnic table & parasol provide comfort for alfresco dining.
Cosy, private alpine home-from-home feel in a traditional French hamlet yet with world-class ski and cycling on your doorstep.
Chalet Verney, situated within the Vaujany commune (hamlet of ‘Pourchery’), is only 2km stunning drive from Vaujany village centre and its super-sized ski lift. Don't let this short car/free bus drive put you off if you think you might prefer to a 'ski-in / ski-out' location... due to its heritage as a mountain village farming community, Vaujany is NOT a ski-in/ski-out ‘resort!’ and in fact faces the main slopes rather than being situated on them.
Vaujany’s South West aspect faces rather than sits within the (North facing) slopes and so you need to take one of the smaller lifts to get back up to the village once at the bottom of the so, your skis are already off and being carried when you disembark from the lifts in Vaujany centre.
Conveniently, rather than hobble back to your chalet or apartment - you can simply jump into your car parked next to the lifts (all parking in Vaujany is free) and be tucked up back in Chalet Verney in no time, complete with your own private parking driveway.
If you have booked ski hire or equipment through Atou Sports then it is also possible to have a free locker(s) in the shop to store your gear overnight. Another advantage of staying in the hamlet of Pourchery is the comparably low rental prices - a better standard of accommodation for your money - more spacious and of high quality ‘home-from-home’ (detached) lodgings.
Finally, you have the most complete mountain panorama in the entire valley!
Spectacular views from a comfortable well appointed home. I loved lounging on the couch and soaking in the mountain range, eating breakfast on the terrace, enjoying a cozy dinner by the fire, and walking out the back yard to a magical hike of moss, trees, and mountains.
Then five minutes up the road, donning skis (rented at a discount), and shuttling up a ski lift into a winter wonderland and world class skiing. How could I have been hiking amongst charming spring time flowers the same day?
Next I ended my day at the nearby vaujany pool for a dip in the jacuzzi to soothe my aching muscles.
Blissful vacation. I will definitely go back!
We had a late summer holiday , both walking and cycling, and every day was a delight - finishing with a good glass of wine on the patio/decking watching such stunning sunsets - paradise! We won`t hesitate to book again for next year.
Fantastic stay at this undiscovered resort. Easy access from Grenoble and a feast of skiing awaits - the 'super lift' from this satellite resort taking you to the heart of Alpe 2 but no Q's!!!!! Chalet worked perfect, comfy, lovely log fire and great views down the valley. Check out the pizza restaurant in the town amazing food and not too pricey and great little sports bar for apres beer right next to the main lift. Don't be afrid to try something new, we had a fab stay, very peaceful in the evenings.
We couldn't have chosen a better place to get away from it all and have a relaxing break. The weather was fantastic and we made good use of the great decked area, which was bathed in sun the whole day. The chalet itself is immaculate and well equipped, it can easily cope with several couples. It is situated in a small but charming village. If you enjoy walking, it's not far to the next village where there are restaurants. All in all a great break, would thoroughly recommend for a getaway.
A memorable stay here in chalet Verney - first time in the area and loved its scenery, tranquility and authenticity. Chalet was spacious and whilst only one bathroom it didn't feel overcrowded with 5 of us - huge balcony and terrace area were great for the kids to roam around and views were amazing - think we were lucky with the weather - was in the 20's each day in late October! Apparently there was snow at the same time last year although also heard that the area has a fantastic sun record all year round. Love Vaujany village and the hamlet we stayed in (Pourchery) - last night was spent eating out nextdoor in a quirky gites run by a friendly local woman - portions were enough for a small army! Considering returning for a ski holiday as the facilities and sheer size of the ski area seem top class especially for such a traditional location.
Vaujany village centre and its high speed 160-man ski lift and world-class ice rink / stadium is approx 3 minutes drive (2km) or free bus ride (hamlet bus stop only 150 metres away) from the chalet providing unequalled, mostly queue-free lift access to the entire Alpe d’Huez ski domain including Vaujany ski pistes.
Overlooking its namesake, lake Verney - location of the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon swim - chalet Verney is a true home away from home in the mountains yet within easy reach of Grenoble and Lyon airports.
Its wooden balconies and terrace provide outdoor dining with the most stunning alpine views in the entire Vaujany and Alpe d’Huez ski area, encompassing the Belledonne and Grandes Rousses peaks up to 3470m altitude.
Other Activities: Snow shoeing. small ice rink
Golf: Beautiful golf course approx 30 minutes drive away in the beautiful small spa town of Uriage (on the outskirts of Grenoble).
Ski: ' Alpe d'Huez Grand Domaine Ski '
The Vaujany Ski Domain is an integral part of an enormous domain covering 8 village communal territories : Alpe d'Huez , Auris, Clavans, Le Freney d'Oisans, La Garde, Oz en Oisans, Villard Reculas and Vaujany.
The 160 place Cable Car systems takes you from the village at 3812,5 feet to 8540 feet in minute…The next stop up is 10156,5 feet at the Pic Blanc looking out on to the Mont Blanc, the Grand Paradis, the Meije and the Ecrin National Park.
Skiing down offers a choice from 220 km of managed slopes of all skill levels . The slopes , or pistes in french, cover 6801,5 feet of altitude variant cutting through gulleys and forests ,to a multitude of lift and cable car options, - .frankly it's hardly possible to familiarise oneself with the whole ski domain..it being so vast!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$312|
Chalet Verney is open all year round - Winter season dates rates are relative to ski piste opening times for the Alpe d'Huez ski domain.
Please note that rates vary depending on weeks between £750 (low season ski winter) - £2100 (peak ski weeks)
'Summer' season in the area runs from June til end September. Rates vary between £650 & £800
Damage deposit : €250 on arrival for chalet