Venosc is a traditional mountain village built entirely of stone and wood at an altitude of 960 meters in the Isère department, near Oz en Oisans. This small Isère town attracts many visitors with its authentic, rustic setting. Famous craft stores where leather, silk and wood are worked, and where local products can be tasted, also contribute to its reputation. People also flock here because the village lies at the gateway to the Ecrins National Park, and is a good starting point for many outdoor activities. Since January 1, 2017, Venosc is, along with Mont-de-Lans, one of the two communes déléguées forming the new commune of Les Deux-Alpes. Its high mountain location makes it a popular destination for vacation rentals and winter sports in the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region.
To the origins
Since ancient times, nomadic tribes living mainly from hunting have occupied the entire Vénéon valley. It was these same communities that mapped out the present-day trail to the 2 Alpes plateau. Sedentary societies began to organize themselves in Venosc between the 13th and 15th centuries.
The valley welcomed its first known visitors in the 17th century. They’re not tourists yet, but scientists who’ve come to study the mountains: engineers, topographers, botanists and geologists. Flower peddling became one of the most lucrative activities in the 19th century, particularly in Venosc. While farming is still the main activity, the villagers, who know the valley like the back of their hand, are also involved in tourism and act as guides.
Tourism expanded considerably in the 20th century as mountaineering took off. It was at this time that the resort of Les 2 Alpes was built and hotels and campsites began to appear.
Since 1972, visitors have been able to easily reach Les 2 Alpes from Venosc by cable car. The creation of the Ecrins National Park in 1973 raised the profile of this wild valley, with tourists flocking to admire its unspoilt landscapes.