Vercors Plateau

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Vercors, Glandasse
DEM of the Vercors massif

The Vercors is a range of plateaux and mountains in the départements of Isère and Drôme in the French Prealps. It lies west of the Dauphiné Alps, from which it is separated by the rivers Drac and Isère. Cliffs at its eastern edge face the city of Grenoble.

The plateau's karstic area includes the famous Vercors Cave System which includes Gouffre Berger.

The Vercors has several resorts for cross-country skiing and for down-hill skiing. Villard-de-Lans is the biggest down-hill ski resort.

The region became noteworthy during World War II when the Maquis du Vercors led the French Resistance against the German occupation and established the Free Republic of Vercors in June and July 1944.

Etymology[edit]

The Massif du Vercors derives its name from the name of a local tribe who lived in the area at the time of the Roman conquest of Gaul, who were known as the Vertacomicorii.[citation needed]

Principal summits[edit]

From north to south:

Vercors in popular culture[edit]

The Vercors have appeared in many films, including;

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 44°58′N 5°25′E / 44.967°N 5.417°E / 44.967; 5.417