Villard-Reymond is the highest village in Isère (and the 2nd highest in le plus haut de France !) at 1650 m. The approach road takes you up above the Bourg-d'Oisans plain, through woods, past rocky cliffs and finally through pastureland, where you can put on your skis to reach Le Petit Renaud. Col d’Ornon, a small family resort, is adorable with its slopes and woods. All in all, it’s an unmissable place for a classic discovery route.
Ski touring from Villard-Reymond and the Col d’Ornon
Ski touring from Villard-Reymond and the Col d’Ornon (1)


SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING from Villard-Reymond and Col d'Ornon
> Discovery day route :
- Tête des Filons (2466 m) + 950 m
Un départ paisible depuis la station du col d'Ornon, pour monter ensuite au sommet du téléski. On suit ensuite, toujours aussi paisiblement, la belle crête plein sud. D’abord un joli plateau en pente douce qui vous laisse le temps de regarder partout autour de vous, puis le sommet vous attend et vous tend les bras. Très bel itinéraire.
> Classic day routes :
- Petit Renaud (2606 m) + 1000 m
Il vous faudra d’abord traverser la forêt pour atteindre le vallon qui vous mènera au sommet. Mais peu importe : cette mise en bouche sylvestre le long du GR est des plus agréable, ainsi que la remontée du vallon. Une fois sur l'arête, la remonter à l'est pour rejoindre directement le sommet ou, selon les conditions du jour, il faudra contourner le sommet pour l'aborder sur sa face sud.

> Getting supplies: Villard-Reymond, Auberge 04 76 79 26 88, Les Jardins d'en Haut (Génépi, jam) 06 18 44 32 61. Restaurants in Col d'Ornon.
> Accommodation: Gîtes in Col d’Ornon. Auberge and gîtes in Villard-Reymond.

Two areas for the price of one! Le Taillefer on one side and le Grand Reanaud on the other. The way in is not exactly the same but they are relatively close.
In any case you will enter the secret and friendly Lignarre valley where the imprint of a mountain lifestyle is everywhere. With its little hamlets dotted over the steep sides of the valley, far from the main tourist centres, la Lignarre it is a multitude of hidden recesses to be discovered.
Looking at the Taillefer, the name itself sounds like a whiplash. It comes from the lead mines, that austere “fer” being doggedly torn out of the mountain. Yet the mountain is little-known, filled with mystery, surrounded by lovely summits and featuring many peat bogs and lakes. Driving in from Grenoble, the massif towers nearly 1000 m above the road. From the north side, it is an almost unconquerable citadel with a mysterious aura. Geologically, it is an extension of the Belledonne, yet it has been seperated by the Romanche valley. The 2857 m summit of the Taillefer offers superb views over Grenoble, the Ecrins and the Dévoluy. Little visited in winter, the snow often remains untouched on this mountain.
People in the know will tell you that although no longer a mine, the Taillefer is an endless source of pleasure for ski-tourers! On le Grand Renaud side, you can browse the open, circular valley where the small village of Villard-Reymond is located. Or opt for the small family resort of Col d’Ornon wich offers some great free-rando routes, as well as enabling you to join up with the neighbouring mountain ranges without too much effort.


Depending on the snow conditions.


Free of charge.


Leaving Bourg-d'Oisans (towards Grenoble) follow signs for “Ornon” to the left (D 526). Villard-Reymond: In “Ornon, La Pallud”, turn left to Villard-Reymond (car park at the entrance to the village). Col d'Ornon: carry on along the D526 to the resort (on the left just before the pass).

Ski touring from Villard-Reymond and the Col d’Ornon