Articol is a small hamlet that is perfect for unspoiled ski touring on the east face of the Belledonne mountains. Le Rivier, on the way up to the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon, becomes a cul de sac in winter. A well-known departure point for ski-tourers, you can also enjoy some “Made in Rivier" cheese or a glass of something nice when you come down.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING
> Discovery day route :
- Pas de la Coche (1989 m) + 720 m
From le Rivier d'Allemont : a steady climb through the wood, which becomes less steep as you approach the Pas de la Coche: the route is beautiful from beginning to end. The views are over the Grenoble side of the mountain range.
> Classic day route :
- Col de la Balmette (2665 m) + 1670 m
From Articol : as always with the east side of the Belledonne, you first need to emerge from the words before tackling the slopes up to the summits. Once on the lovely plateau of the Lac de la Balmette, climb up the north and then east side of the Col, underneath the majestic Pic de Belledonne.
- Roche Rousse (2748 m) + 1750 m
- Col de l'Aigleton (2266 m) + 1015 m
- Pointe du Sciallet (2312 m) + 1050 m
- Pic de la Belle Étoile (2718 m) + 1460 m
- Dent du Pra (2623 m) + 1350 m
- Ferrouillet, pointe sud (2622 m) + 1370m
- Col de Roche Noire (2600 m) + 1350 m
- Croix de Belledonne (2926 m) + 1900 m
- Grand Pic de Belledonne Face est (2978 m) + 1900 m
> Getting supplies: in Allemont: bakery, mini-market, restaurants.
In le Rivier d’Allemont: Auberge du Rivier, 04 76 80 71 52.
La Ferme du Rivier (cheese) 06 27 34 18 19.
> Accommodation: Allemont: hotel, B&Bs, gîtes. Articol and Le Rivier: gîtes.
EAU D'OLLE / BELLEDONNE SECTOR
As soon as your enter Oisans from Grenoble, the Eau d'Olle valley catches your eye... and lures you back again and again… it’s so varied and so beautiful! The routes extend from the village of Allemont up to the Col de la Croix de Fer, from the foothills of the Belledone to those of the Grandes Rousses.
The pointed peaks on the horizon tease city-dwellers during the week and each weekend, the summits cause a mini-exodus from the city to the mountains. Yet approaching from the Oisans side, on skis from the Eau d'Olle valley, you’re sure to be well away from the crowds.
There are different versions of the origin of the name “Belledonne”. Some say it comes from “bella donna”, as Italian workers thought the shape of the Grand Pic looked like the Virgin carrying her child. The Gauls, on the other hand, used the word “belo” to mean strong or powerful, which accurately describes this solid crystalline mountain range, 60 km long, with wide shoulders but narrow 10 km hips.
The highest point, the Grand Pic de Belledonne, verges on 3000 m. It sometimes looks arrogant like the Fitzroy in Patagonia or a black virgin, depending on your point of view. In any case, the Belledonne is a real natural barrier, a citadel of schist and gneiss (and a little granite, of course) and is one of the most untamed mountain ranges in France.
March / April. Plan for a walk-in when the snow level rises in the spring.
Free of charge.
Go through Allemont and on the dam, follow signs for “Le Rivier d’Allemont”. > Articol is half-way up the road to Le Rivier, there are car parks alongside the road. > Le Rivier d’Allemont is 3km further up. Park next to the war memorial.
Office de tourisme d'Allemont