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The village seen from the aerial tramway
The village seen from the aerial tramway
Coat of arms of Vaujany
Coat of arms
Vaujany is located in France
Coordinates: 45°09′31″N 6°04′39″E / 45.1586°N 6.0775°E / 45.1586; 6.0775Coordinates: 45°09′31″N 6°04′39″E / 45.1586°N 6.0775°E / 45.1586; 6.0775
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Canton Le Bourg-d'Oisans
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Yves Genevois
Area1 64.5 km2 (24.9 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 303
 • Density 4.7/km2 (12/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 38527 / 38114
Elevation 752–3,464 m (2,467–11,365 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.

Vaujany is a commune in the canton of Le Bourg-d'Oisans, in the Isère department in southeastern France.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 835 —    
1806 675 −19.2%
1821 774 +14.7%
1831 935 +20.8%
1841 832 −11.0%
1851 930 +11.8%
1861 756 −18.7%
1872 787 +4.1%
1881 864 +9.8%
1891 841 −2.7%
1901 700 −16.8%
1911 675 −3.6%
1921 657 −2.7%
1931 535 −18.6%
1946 434 −18.9%
1954 333 −23.3%
1962 308 −7.5%
1968 270 −12.3%
1975 224 −17.0%
1982 412 +83.9%
1990 242 −41.3%
1999 311 +28.5%
2006 311 +0.0%
2012 303 −2.6%


The hydroelectric dams of Grand'Maison (completed 1985) and Verney pay Vaujany annual rents of just over 3 million euros. This money has enabled the commune to fund the continuing development of leisure facilities. Vaujany is linked by a cable car and a gondola lift to the Alpe d'Huez ski area. This allows Vaujany to benefit from winter sports tourism and summer mountain tourism. Whilst it is not quite possible to ski "to the doorstep", two runs drop down into the valley from the ski area above and a short connecting lift from each takes skiers to the village.

Grande Boucle Féminine stage finishes[edit]

Vaujany has been a frequent mountain-top finish in the Grande Boucle Féminine bicycle race (the equivalent of the Tour de France for female riders). It has been used on 13 occasions – every consecutive year from 1992 to 2003 inclusive, and again in 2005.

Year Stage Start of stage Distance Stage winner
2005 6 Allemond 6.5 km Switzerland Priska Doppman
2003 5 L'Argentière-La-Bessée 108.5 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
2002 8 Courchevel 113.6 km Russia Valentina Polkhanova
2001 13 Guillestre 135.5 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
2000 10 Lans-en-Vercors 76.5 km France Séverine Desbouys
1999 9 La-Chapelle-en-Vercors 129.8 km Russia Valentina Polkhanova
1998 9 Gap 120 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
1997 5 Valloire 86 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
1996 10 Guillestre 125 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
1995 4 Albertville 114.7 km Italy Fabiana Luperini
1994 11 Lithuania Rasa Polikevičiūtė
1993 11 Le Fontanil Cornillon 77.8 km United Kingdom Marie Purvis
1992 8 Serre Chevallier 70.4 km France Cécile Odin

Cable car accident[edit]

During a test run of the new cable car, which was to be the largest and fastest in the world,[1] one week before its expected opening date on January 13, 1989, the cable car fell 250 meters into the valley bellow while the cabin was passing a point 200 meters from the arrival station.[2] There were eight technicians on board the lift, all of whom died.[3] They had all worked for SATA (the lift operator) or Poma (the lift builder).[4] An expect witness at the trial claimed the design was a poor quality copy of a Swiss system, leading to design problems which rendered the operation of the cable car unsafe. Poma did not have much experience building this style of lift at the time[5] and had agreed to complete the construction in ten months, compared to the two years proposed by some of its rivals,[6] leading to claims that corners had been cut in the construction of the lift. The consulting engineer (Denis Creissels) also suggested that there was a lack of communication between the companies.[7] On September 9, 1996, five people were charged with manslaughter at the criminal court of Grenoble; these were Jean-Pierre Cathiard (CEO of Poma), Serge Tarassof (technical director), Reylans Michel (engineer), Denis Creissels (supervisor) and Jacques Lombard (chief engineer). As part of the trial, four experts highlighted many mistakes made by Poma,[8] most of which were based on the stabilizer,[9] which had been copied from another company before having further issues added to its design.[10]

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