Articol is a small hamlet that is perfect for unspoiled ski touring on the east face of the Belledonne mountains.
Ski touring from Articol / Belledonne

Description: Ski touring from Articol / Belledonne

> 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
- Croix de Belledonne (2926 m) + 1900 m
- Grand Pic de Belledonne Face est (2978 m) + 1900 m

> Getting supplies: in Allemond: bakery, mini-market, restaurants.
In le Rivier d’Allemond:La Ferme du Rivier (cheese) 06 27 34 18 19.
> Accommodation: Allemond: hotel, B&Bs, gîtes. Articol and Le Rivier: gîtes.

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 Allemond 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.

Ski mountaineering and touring involves risks and all skiers are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you follow ANENA guidelines:

Opening periods

March / April. Plan for a walk-in when the snow level rises in the spring.


Free of charge.


Go through Allemond and on the dam, follow signs for “Le Rivier d’Allemond”. Articol is half-way up the road to Le Rivier, there are car parks alongside the road.

Ski touring from Articol / Belledonne