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Villard-de-Lans is located in France
Coordinates: 45°04′15″N 5°33′05″E / 45.0708°N 5.5514°E / 45.0708; 5.5514Coordinates: 45°04′15″N 5°33′05″E / 45.0708°N 5.5514°E / 45.0708; 5.5514
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Canton Villard-de-Lans
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Massif du Vercors
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Chantal Carlioz
Area1 67.20 km2 (25.95 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 4,400
 • Density 65/km2 (170/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 38548 / 38250
Elevation 720–2,286 m (2,362–7,500 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Villard from Clos du Four, southeast of Villard

Villard-de-Lans is a commune in the Isère department in south-eastern France.

The town is a centre for skiing in winter and hiking and hot air ballooning in other seasons.

1968 Winter Olympics[edit]

At the 1968 Winter Olympics held in neighbouring Grenoble, it played host to the luge events.[1] Costing FRF 3,190,000 to complete, the Olympic luge track was completed using 1,400 cubic metres of earthwork and 1,800 cubic metres of reinforced concrete.[1] The facility had three start houses, 132 lighting posts, telephone circuitry, 40 loudspeakers, and a signalling system for the competitors.[1]

Physical statistics[1]
Sport Length (meters) Turns Vertical drop (start to finish) Average grade (%)
Luge - men's singles 1000 11 110 11

No turn names are given for the track. Data from the women's singles or men's doubles also not given.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Villard-de-Lans is twinned with:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 1968 Winter Olympics official report. pp. 102-104. (English) & (French) - accessed February 27, 2008.

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