Isère Tourism

Warmth and hospitality

In the Middle Ages, the Antonin hospital order was already treating and curing people affected by ergotism in Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye. Thermal resorts were established in Allevard and Uriage in the 19th century. A few centuries later, at the beginning of 20th century, Villard-de-Lans was pioneer in the climatotherapy boom.

Sharing and legacy

Spruce and fir cooking workshop – Auris

Ethnobotanist and passionate about nature and wild plants, Caroline climbs up and down Alpine trails all year round. She gathers, experiments, creates, guided by her findings and presents her knowledge at conferences, in workshops and lessons such as: the spruce and fir cooking workshop, where she teaches how to cook conifers. How to identify them? How to avoid confusing them with others? What are their virtues? How can they be used in the kitchen? Once she’s answered all these questions, she shows you how to make an exquisite spruce syrup to take home, and fir-caramel apples to taste on site.

Atelier Bois et Sens - Venosc

The active “wood and senses workshop” is a peaceful, sensorial site nestled in the mountain. It combines meditation and woodwork. Full-presence meditation allows for observation of the internal perception of the body. You can focus, find peace, get in touch with your inner being and with the group. Carving spoons from green wood is a creative, physical and precise activity. It uses traditional manual techniques and very simple tools. The combination of these two disciplines requires peace and effort. Discover a calm, constructive and productive activity and the means to connect consciousness, presence and action to transfer them to your everyday life. A personal experience with exchange and sharing!

Freeride Attitude raises awareness about off-piste activities - Les 2 Alpes

Every Tuesday, Freeride Attitude offers holidaymakers the opportunity to learn about off-piste activities. The activity is free and open to all, skiers and non-skiers. Over a day, high-mountain guides and ski patrollers share their knowledge about the mountain, snow, snowflakes, avalanches and off-piste activities. The morning is dedicated to theory, and the afternoon to off-piste activities. It is free of charge and open to all participants who have already tried off-piste activities.

Life behind the scenes

Discover life as a ski patroller - Les 7 Laux

The ski-lift operator offers holidaymakers an early start once a week to open the ski fields with the resort's ski patrollers. Only very proficient skiers can participate in this activity.

First-track skiing with ski patrollers - Les 2 Alpes Once a week in winter, Les 2 Alpes ski-patrollers invite holidaymakers to discover the different facets of their profession: work stations, organisation of the day, piste safety, customer information, rescue, dog-master, pyrotechnics, opening the pistes. An opportunity to be the first on the pistes, alone with the ski patrollers, early in the morning! Meet at 8am at the foot of the Jandri Express cable car. Afterwards, to reward the early risers, a hearty gourmet breakfast is served at the foot of the glacier, on the terrace of the 3,200 mountain-top restaurant facing the majestic Oisans peaks. Bookings required. Skiing level: min. 2 two stars.

Experience at the summit: ride a snow groomer

In Les 2 Alpes, at an altitude of over 3,000 metres, every afternoon from 1:30pm to 4pm visitors can catch a ride in a piste basher. Admire stunning landscapes and learn about the profession of snow grooming - the architects of the slopes. The 30-minute ride is open to all. From €30 for 2 people.

In Les 7 Laux, once a week, lucky people are drawn at random to discover the profession of psite grooming in the cab with the driver. It’s a memorable experience.