|Community association||Massif du Vercors|
|surface||67.20 km 2|
|Residents||4,210 (January 1, 2017)|
|Population density||63 inhabitants / km 2|
Villard-de-Lans is a French municipality with 4210 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Isère in the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes . The town in the canton of Fontaine-Vercors is located around 19 kilometers southwest of Grenoble (as the crow flies) on a plateau in the Vercors Mountains, flanked by the Roc Cornafion ( ) mountains in the east and Grande Moucherolle ( ) in the south. The municipality is located in the Vercors Regional Nature Park .
Villard-de-Lans is known as a tourist destination . The place borders on the Vercors Natural Park . For this reason, the municipality pays attention to sustainable , gently mobile tourism and is a member of the Alpine-wide cooperation Alpine Pearls . The ski area, which can also be reached from the neighboring municipality of Corrençon-en-Vercors and reaches an altitude of 2050 meters, has 125 km of ski slopes . The network of cross-country trails is 130 km long. During the summer season, a golf course , two equestrian centers and numerous marked hiking trails and mountain bike trails are available. A little above the village is the Le Balcon de Villard-Côte 2000 holiday complex .
In the years after 1938, the French state railway SNCF advertised the “children's paradise” Villard-de-Lans with a poster by Roger Broders with children doing morning gymnastics against the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains.
During the 1968 Winter Olympics, the luge competitions were held in Villard-de-Lans . After the temporary closure in 1994, the toboggan run was rebuilt; it now has a synthetic surface that enables year-round operation.
In 2006 the local council decided to build a 6 km long rack railway that would connect the village with the holiday complex. For this purpose, the vehicles of the disused cogwheel railway Lausanne – Ouchy should be taken over. However, this decision was canceled in 2008 because of the high costs.
- Patrice Pellat-Finet (* 1952), ski racer
- Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung from January 17, 2010, page 49: Weißröckchen