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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

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