from 19 december 2021 to 20 march 2022
If you’re a fan of the real mountains, the mountaineer’s version of the mountains, if you’re a fan of traditional crafts and just a fan of this whole area in general, this holiday will take you back to the simple things in life, and the purest of emotions. This is the place for some quality time as a couple, a revitalising experience at the heart of the Ecrins mountains. In the winter, a getaway in this little high mountains wonderland – a favourite with mountaineers – is an opportunity to go ski-touring or climb the ice falls, and to explore wildest side of the Ecrins National Park. Vénéon valley is an unspoilt environment, far from the busy winter resorts, a little slice of heaven to get a well-deserved break from your daily routine.
Your accommodation, ‘La Randonnée’ 4-star chalet
A comfortable base camp for exploring the Ecrins mountains… pure and simple. The chalet is perfectly blended into the natural environment and respects its surroundings. The wood burner creates the perfect atmosphere for romantic evenings. The cosy ambiance, comforting mountain-style decoration and the view of the peaks, Lauranour, the Arias, the Fétoules, give the impression you could just reach out and touch them. You’ll enjoy admiring the starry sky in the evenings from your balcony. Here, there’s no light pollution and no noise pollution, in fact there’s no pollution at all. Here, we relax, we take our time, we let nature guide the way. Far from it all, close to the mountain dwellers, come and see what life is like here, for a week.
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‘La Randonnée’ 4-star chalet
The wonders of steam in the middle of winter…
‘La Cordée d’à Côté’ is a traditional steam room just for you, with a wellness lounge to relax, take some time out, and even meditate. A place for some quality time as a couple with everything you could possibly need: Aleppo black soap, essential oils, scrub, teas and herbal teas. This place was built in a former horse-riding stables and is a mindful and generous place, just like the owner.
A great skiing adventure, just the two of you… and your guide
Setting off on a ski-touring expedition is an adventure into the vast, wild environment of the Ecrins mountains. It is an opportunity to embrace solitude and unspoilt snow. The physical effort, the pure mountain air and the joys of skiing will make these escapades as a couple truly unforgettable! You’ll need to know the basics of skiing, and you’ll see that equipped with climbing skins, it’s actually much faster to get to the top than on foot. Once there, you can begin the magical descent!
The motherland of mountaineers has dedicated a whole museum to them
The Musée Mémoires d’Alpinisme will take you on a discovery of both history and mountaineering across the Ecrins mountain range, and the strong emotions that this adventurous, challenging, passionate and free discipline will unearth. You’ll come across local figures, and a tribute to women in this harsh world that is too often reserved only on men.
bond while creating something with your hands
Surrounded by the wonderful fragrance of fresh wood shavings and a wood fire, you’ll get your first introduction to sculpture, to make your very own spatula from green wood. Elisabeth is a professional woodworker and has developed a meditative approach to her profession. The creativity and precision needed for wood sculpture is perfectly matched with the attention and calm that you achieve through meditation. An experience to awaken the senses thanks to nature and the elements.
Warning: an icy experience that must be shared!
Oisans is the kingdom of the ice falls, and in Vénéon they are particularly magical and come in various shapes and colours. Your guide will show you how mountaineers develop a close link with this element, then equipped with an ice axe, studded shoes and a harness, you can try climbing for yourself! You’ll push your limits, encourage each other… this teamwork is made all the more special when it is experienced as a couple.
Behind the scenes at the craft brewery in Haut Vénéon.
Julie will present her little craft brewery in a former horse-riding stables… owned by the last son of ‘Père Gaspard’, a famous name in the village. The beer brewed here reflects the image of the village: natural and full of character. La Mariolle beer is unfiltered, unpasteurised and made using the water from Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans. Julie will show visitors the various stages of production, from brewing to storage. Then, all that’s left to do is taste it!
Holiday possible between the 19 December 2021 and the 20 March 2022
‘Wellness’ package deal
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Apartment inside a chalet
The price includes
- 7 nights for 2 people
- A jar of homemade jam to start your holiday on the right foot
- Linen is provided
- Tourist tax
Our favourite experiences
La Cordée d’à Côté steam room
Introduction to ski-touring
€350 per day for 2 people
Bérarde Meije Écrins Bureau des Guides
Equipment rental: €50/person (skis + skins + knives + shoes)
La Montagne Sports – Le Bourg-d’Oisans
Atelier Bois et Sens
Every day with a booking from 2:30pm to 5:30pm – €50/person
Guided tour of the Musée Mémoires d’Alpinismes
During the French school holidays: tour and a snack every Thursday. €10/person.
Outside of the school holidays: self-guided tour with a booking €3/person.
Introduction to the ice falls
€350 per day for 2 people (studded shoes-ice picks-helmet-harness provided). Bring your own picnic.
Bérarde Meije Écrins Bureau des Guides
Tour of La Mariolle craft brewery
Free-of-charge – bookings compulsory
L’Eyrette – 38520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans – La Bérarde
Chalet La Randonnée