The Jewel in the Alps

STORY BY Megan Hughes 26th May 2018

Is there any better feeling than cycling through a beautiful mountain landscape with a group of friends, a day of exploration a head and a gorgeous alpine chalet to come back to?

With almost 30 years’ experience in Vaujany, Peak Adventures, the summer operation of Ski Peak, are dedicated experts in the Oisans area and have all the knowledge necessary to ensure you have the best cycling experience possible in the Alps this summer.

Vaujany, in the Oisans, Isere valley, is a mecca for alpine sports and activities. It’s a calm, charming resort that is perfect for a relaxing break while at the same time boasting a huge amount of activities and a great, friendly atmosphere.

For anyone that loves road cycling, the Oisans area has more than its fair share of stunning routes, from narrow mountain roads to soaring mountain passes and steep hillsides. The world-famous twists and turns of Alpe d’Huez are a challenge many dream of taking on, and are just one of literally thousands of routes in the area. Varying in difficulty, there are a range of different challenges for each day of your trip, all surrounded by the incredible mountain scenery – snow capped peaks, colourful alpine meadows, traditional villages and glacial waterfalls.

Vaujany is also a great place to base yourself if you’re interested in experiencing the famous Megavalanche Challenge. If you’re into freeride mountain biking, this is not one to miss – a week-long celebration of all things MTB culminating in what is undeniably the longest downhill race in the world. The descent from the Pic Blanc has a vertical drop of more than 2600m and is something you will always remember!

For group entertainment off two wheels, there are two Via Ferrata routes in the area. Protected climbing routes, with ladders, ramps and cables to ensure safety, here even inexperienced climbers can experience the thrill of scrambling up a rock face. With forested cliffs, stunning waterfalls and a glorious alpine meadow at the end of your climb, the Oisans area is a beautiful place to experience this mountain activity.

Around 30 minutes from Vaujany is the rafting and canoeing centre ‘Veneon Eaux Vives’, which offers a number of exhilarating experiences on the crystal clear glacial river water. From white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking to ‘hydro-speed’ body boarding, the whole group are guaranteed to have the time of their lives!

Speaking of water, there are also many beautiful mountain lakes in the Oisans area. In particular, the magnificent ‘Lac de Lauvitel’, a true hidden gem. To get there, it’s a walk up of about an hour and a half, but this is well worth it. The beautiful blue water of this lake is absolutely stunning and a delight to swim in – definitely welcome after all the hiking!

Peak Adventures have been operating in Vaujany since 1989 and are truly dedicated to the area. It is this passion and expertise which makes them the perfect choice for mountain lovers.  With beautiful comfortable rooms and passionate, knowledgeable staff, their accommodation is ideal for groups looking to really explore the area.

You can choose from catered and non-catered accommodation, which means that you have flexibility within your group as to whether you want more freedom to cook for yourselves, or simply wish to sit back at the end of a long day’s cycling, relax those tired legs and enjoy a fantastic meal without lifting a finger!

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