Going up to Oulles, the smallest village in Isère and only linked by road in 1962 is a winter journey in itself. Continuing on skis onto the Taillefer is the natural finale.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING
> Classic day route :
- Le Grand Galbert, east face (2561 m) + 1150 m
Tthis is a perfect peak for ski-touring as it is never too steep and you can get right up to the top from the pretty village of Oulles. The summit dominates the entire Romanche valley, with a spectacular view over the Belledonne mountains and, of course, the Taillefer. Take care, because as it is east-facing, it gets the sun very early.
> Getting supplies: Full range of shops in Bourg-d'Oisans.
Restaurants and gîtes in Col d'Ornon.
> Accommodation: Gîtes in Col d'Ornon and Oulles
VALLÉE DE LA LIGNARRE and COL D'ORNON SECTOR
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.
Ski mountaineering and touring involves risks and all skiers are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you follow ANENA guidelines: anena.org
Map and GPX marking
Ski touring from Oulles / Vallée de la Lignarre
Depending on the snow conditions.
Subject to favorable weather
- Free of charge
Leaving Bourg-d'Oisans (towards Grenoble) follow signs for “Ornon” to the left (D 526). Take the first road on the right signposted "Oulles" to the village (car park at the entrance to the village).