SPORT, SPORT AND MORE SPORT
The Vercors is perfect for walking and cycling
Inevitably, the region’s natural riches are a major draw for sports lovers who come in all seasons to practise an incredibly diverse range of activities – skiing (downhill and cross-country), horse riding, cycling, hiking, climbing, canyoning, potholing, paragliding, and there’s even a golf course up on the plateau! Extreme sports are also catered for (wingsuit flying, downhill mountain biking on the ski slopes in spring/summer) and the huge cliff face at Presles attracts advanced climbers from all over the world.
In the early 20th century, the Vercors started to make a name for itself as a destination for winter sports, and in 1931 the world ski championship was held in the village of Villard-de-Lans. The same year marked the inauguration of the village’s first mechanised ski lift and the creation of its ice hockey team, Les Ours. When three villages in the region hosted events for the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics, the Vercors’ reputation for winter sports was sealed, enhanced ever since by the international success of local sportsmen and women. Today, the Vercors is a popular family ski destination and also has a biathlon centre where many of France’s international biathletes train.
Villard-de-Lans ski resort
Skiing in Autrans