If you are looking for adventure there is no better place to find it than from Lauvitel Lodge, in close proximity to all the offerings of the Veneon Valley and the Oisans resorts. You can find a different activity each day of your stay, step out of your comfort zone with something new, or plan an outing that all your friends and family will enjoy. The Lauvitel team will be happy to explore this range of possibilities with you, and give you all the help you need, so that you make the most of being here for your holiday.
We have 10 individual rooms, each with its own style and magnificent mountain views, and are able to cater for up to 26 people. We have a large sitting and dining room where everyone eats together and there is plenty of possibility to relax before and after dinner on the sun drenched terrace or in the beautiful gardens. Our food is aimed at giving you the energy you need for those mountain adventures, as well as being totally delicious and something to Facebook home about.
Why Choose Us?
Whether you’re climbing the alpine peaks, rafting on the Veneon river, or paragliding high above it all, you need to know that you and your body are going to be well cared for. We specialise in mountain holidays and many guests come back year after year because they enjoy the amazing variety of activities in the immediate vicinity and the incredibly relaxed atmosphere of the Lodge. Will you become a regular?
Bring your partner or the family
We are a great venue for ‘mixed’ couples or families! Sometimes, not everyone wants to do the same thing – there are times when you want a different rhythm, even though you want to be together. We are the perfect venue for doing things differently, with many activities close by, beautiful gardens to relax and play in, as well as in-house well-being services including T’ai Chi, yoga and massage.
Here are some of the many mountain adventure activities that are easily accessible from Lauvitel Lodge!
Whether you are new to rock climbing or it is your chosen pursuit you will find the rock you are looking for here at your finger-tips. Whatever your level, this is a full bodied, whole minded activity where the challenges keep you in the present moment until you begin to move at one with the rock.
There are numerous climbing walls and pinnacles in the area to test out your skills but my preference is always to be out on the cliffs. From Lauvitel Lodge there are climbing crags in every direction – Le Vernis, Boug d’Oisans, Les Fréaux, Venosc, and Les Deux Alpes.
And then there is the Parc des Ecrins! It would be impossible to do justice to the possibilities – from the Veneon valley and La Berarde you have access to the Aiguille de la Dibona, Traverse de la Meije, Le Rateau, La Muzelle, Les Bans, Pic Coolidge – these are all climbs of dreams. These bigger climbs usually involve an over-night stay in the mountain huts – we are happy to accommodate this at Lauvitel Lodge.
Once you have got the hang of it you can enjoy the challenges of our local cabled walks and via ferrata. Climbing from La Cascade de la Pisse to Notre Dame (800m climb) or from La Bérarde to the Tête de la Maye (800m climb) there are steep and exposed sections which have been secured by metal cables for you to hang on to as you make your way up or down.
Venosc also has two magnificent Via Ferratas, one that swings out above the Veneon river and the other that climbs Les Perrons facing the glacier de la Muzelle. There are various places in the valley to hire out the full set of essential equipment. And if it is your first time out on rock and metal there is a perfect beginners via ferrata that has recently been created in Vaujany, climbing up through forested cliffs to one side of the cascade de la Fare with a built in Nepelese bridge. Your reward is a picnic in the Alpine meadows followed by an easy descent with raspberries to pick at every turn along the baker’s trail.
If you really want to get to swing in the trees there is nothing better than Adventure Park in Venosc, just 10 minutes from us. You will find yourself flying through the treetops, climbing obstacles and generally doing everything you can to defy gravity. There is something for everyone with 7 different courses from easy to challenging. They have also recently added a ball pool section so even the youngest members of the family get to enjoy the experience.
White Water Rafting
For something a little wilder, Venosc is spoilt for choice with two very professional establishments, Veneon Eaux Vives and Integral Rafting, each have their own favourite routes. Depending on just how up you are for the thrills and spills of white water, you can choose traditional rafting or from a whole range of other ways to be in the water, including hot-dog, hydro-speed, air boat, kayak and tubing. Whatever your choice of floatation to run the river you are sure to enjoy this outing and have stories to tell afterwards.
Canoeing, Pedalo and Windsurfing
Lac Verney is the large mountain reservoir near Allemont and it creates the perfect tranquil place for leisurely canoeing, gently surfing the water on a pedalo or trying out your windsurfing skills. With a restaurant on a wooden terrace right over the wate it is easy to while away a day here, taking in the scenery and occasionally jumping in to cool off.
The summer sun in the mountains is surprisingly hot and sometimes it is nice just to lounge by the pool and cool off at ease whilst the children amuse themselves on the toboggan slide. Venosc has one of the best outdoor pools in the area, surrounded by green grass with a children’s play area right next to it. And for those who prefer something a little cooler there are many hidden beaches and small pools for wild swimming along the Veneon river. My personal favourite is swimming in Lauvitel Lake with the deep waters underneath me and the towering mountains all around me.
For something even more extreme Oz-en-Oisans offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the delights of canyoning, an extremely refreshing way to get close to nature. You are guided by a professional team through 14 slides and a great descent through this hidden gem.
And for something a little gentler, simply taking to the waters of the Veneon river close to home and walking upstream through bolder fields and in and out of the surround forests is surprisingly challenging and certainly refreshes the spirit.
Summer Skiing and Glacier Walking
The glaciers of Les Deux Alpes and La Grave stay open all year round! If you have never tried it before or if you just can’t resist the chance to slip and slide on the snow, the Deux Alpes team groom and prepare the ski slopes so that they can still be enjoyed even in the height of summer.
If you are not drawn to the skiing, it is an incredible feeling to go out walking on the vast expanse of glacier ice, either at Les 2 Alpes, or under the peaks of La Meije from La Grave (perhaps with crampons on your feet and ice axe in hand), to see close up the cavernous crevasses or stand underneath spectacular cliffs of ice.
Paragliding and Flying
Paragliding: If you have never tried it, now is your chance. From above Les Deux Alpes there is that moment of lift-off that simply takes your breath away and then you get to relax into the stunning descent from rocky mountain peaks to the green and safe valley floor of Venosc. This will be an experience you will not forget.
Flying: With a little less exposure but no less breath taking, there are small planes that fly from the Altiport of Alpe d’Huez. Giving you a completely different take of the mountains, you will see peaks ridges, glaciers and lakes, from a completely different perspective. And what better to have a wonderful meal afterwards on the terrace of the Altiport Restaurant.
Horse Riding and Donkey Trekking
For young and old alike, trekking in the mountains on horseback or having the additional help of the donkey to carry children and picnic, this can be a great way to enjoy the mountains and reach places too far to go on foot. And then, of course, there are those who simply love the company of these wonderful animals.
Wow, it is hard to describe all the options that are available to you when it comes to exploring and walking in the Ecrins National Park. And what better way to really give yourself time to be in the wilderness than to stay a night in a mountain hut. Refuge de la Muzelle gives you a two day tour, passing the Col du Vallon and takes in both Muzelle lake and Lauvitel lake. An easier walk takes you to the family friendly Refuge du Lavey or, from La Berarde, you can walk to the Chatelleret Mountain Hut. And there are many more to choose from.