Once in the Eau d'Olle valley, the many wonderful opportunities for skiing open up before your eyes… Allemont marks the entrance into the valley and La Traverse is located just above.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING
> Classic day routes :
- Croix de Belledonne (2926 m) + 1850 m
A fine traverse to the always beautiful and spectacular Croix de Belledonne. Climb up via the Cabane du Chazeau (1718 m) and the Lac de Belledonne.
- La Grande Roche (2483 m) + 1350 m
An untamed route just above Allemont, with a steep climb up to the summit. Skiers often see chamois on this route!
> Technical and steep routes :
- Grand Pic de Belledonne (2978 m) + 1950 m
A steep and demanding climb. Take care, as the eastfacing slopes warm up quickly in the morning sun.
> Getting supplies: Allemont: bakery, general grocers, restaurants.
> Accommodation: Allemont: hotel, B&Bs, gîtes.
> Comments: There is a lot of height gain/loss involved as this side of the mountain range has no mountain huts to break the route, although you will find shepherd’s huts and shelters. They are marked on the IGN map and you can also find information on D refuges.info
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.
Once in Allemont, follow signs to “Allemont Eglise” (to the left off the straight section of the main road). From the church, follow signs to La Traverse. Park in the car park on the bend just after the hamlet.
Office de tourisme d'Allemont