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Feeling the Far North guaranteed: 4 winter experiences on our doorstep

2023-12-09T07:17:13.206Z

Highlights: Monts du Cantal is in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park. Hike on these plateaus where burons – solid vaulted shelters – are reminiscent of the summer pastures of the Salers. Ski touring on two routes, supervised by a ski instructor, in the resort of Aillons-Margériaz 1400. Enjoy a fondue in the great white mountains with the Fromenade, the challenge launched by Frédéric Jongen of the restaurant La Reine Meije.


Wild spaces, pristine landscapes, hearts beating in unison... Four experiences to satisfy your desire for nature and sweet adventure, in France.


Monts du Cantal

Just like the first mornings of the world

Here, in the heart of the Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park, volcanoes have breathed fire for millions of years, lava and ice flows have shaped the landforms, torrents have carried tons of debris... And the landscapes of the Cantal mountains have been sketched out between plateaus, ridges and emblematic summits including the Puy Griou.

With snowshoes on your feet, you hike on these plateaus where burons – solid vaulted shelters – are reminiscent of the summer pastures of the Salers with their mahogany coat and lyre-shaped horns, or Aubracs with their tawny coat and smoky eyes. In the early morning of a night in a refuge, slowly the sky turns purple, the horizon turns golden, the fireball appears, the wind tears through the clouds... You approach the Puy Griou, before tipping over into the Cère valley. To come back down to earth.

Agence Esprit Trek(06.33.01.19.66;Esprit-trek.com). From 390 € (2 days / 2 days, 8 people.max., with a guide in the middle of the mountains).

Read alsoAuvergne: winter sports in Cantal

Massif des Bauges

Gentle skiing

Sometimes, it only takes next to nothing to have the makings of an adventurer. In the Bauges massif, the resort of Aillons-Margériaz 1400 proves this with an introduction to ski touring on two routes, supervised by a ski instructor.

In other words, learning how to tighten shoes, adjust sticks, put on and take off skins... At the top of the ski area, a ski patroller talks about his job, the objective and subjective risks of the mountains. Before starting the descent on the blue slopes, local products, including the famous Tome des Bauges and Savoy apple juice, will revive all appetites.

Aillons-Margériaz Events(04.79.54.07.49;Lesaillons.com). Dates: January 3 and 24, 2024 and March 13, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. 25 € for the outing (supervision and refreshments) + 30 € for equipment rental.

Read alsoThe Bauges attract sportsmen and gourmets, to each his own itinerary

Oisans Basin

A fondue in the great white

Look for the spot where you can enjoy a fondue! Dasha Petrenko - stock.adobe.com

What a funny idea? Set off with touring skis or snowshoes, a stuffed bag on your back, and look for the spot where you can enjoy a fondue! Try the Fromenade, the challenge launched by Frédéric Jongen of the "restaurant" La Reine Meije. What a fabulous idea! It is "enough" to reach the Emparis plateau, the Signal de La Grave or the Valfroide valley to find yourself, under the sun exactly, facing the Meije: the Aiguille du Midi de l'Oisans, the last major peak of the Alps climbed (in 1877), the mountain described as "Reine Meije" or "Sa Meijeste", and to prepare THE fondue with local cheeses. With the delightful feeling of being the king of the world!

Frédéric Jongen(06.19.60.62.80;Reinemeije.com). 45 € for 2 people (fondue pot, fuel gel burner, cheeses, baguette, sausage, bottle of wine). €15 per additional person. Bring warm clothes, touring skis or snowshoes.

Beaufortain

First steps in life in the great outdoors

First steps in life in the great outdoors to rediscover your inner child or discover a force of nature. SDP

Enjoying the cold, the snow, the adventure with your family and then coming back at nightfall to the base camp – a large cosy chalet – to take a sauna or jacuzzi break, share a homemade dinner, play board games, make beautiful memories, this is the promise of Explora Project (an agency with the status of a company with a sustainability-transparency-commitment mission) for a week in the Beaufortain massif. On the programme: snowshoeing, sledging, biathlon, dog sledding, building an igloo, bivouac, torchlight walk... to rediscover your inner child or discover a force of nature.

Explora Project (04.82.81.00.07;Explora-project.com). From 715 € per week (accommodation, meals and activities included) for 9 to 15 participants (from 3 years old).

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Source: lefigaro

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