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May 2020
25
May 2020

Envie de grands espaces et d’air pur ? Besoin de se ressourcer en montagne et vivre en harmonie avec la nature ?

Voici nos nouveautés estivales pour que votre été soit rayonnant.

 

Discovery  : Outings to ‘my grandmother’s kitchen garden

The natural surroundings of Val d’Isère are rich in edible wild plants and foraging sessions with an enthusiastic mountain guide are newcomers to the tourist agenda for this summer. During the two-to-three-hour outings the guide will aim to identify the edible plants that grow naturally around Val d´Isère: wild spinach, dandelions, plantains, yarrow etc. Groups are limited to a maximum of 12 people. For a deeper knowledge of foraging, lectures and courses are recommended.

More information : https://www.valdisere.com/evenements-animations/animations/

 

 

Activity : new cultural route for e-bikers

The Haute Tarentaise and Val d’Isère have created a new circuit for e-bikers.  As well as the trails in the Bike Park individual riders and families will now be able to enjoy a cultural tour, taking in the seven chapels of Val d’Isère. The 20-km circuit starting  from the heart of the village, winds across the landscape to Le Fornet, passing through the Manchet Valley, La Daille and le Crêt. Rough tracks and minor paved roads leads you to the restored chapels of Val d’Isère.

 

 

Itinerary : Grand Paradis – Vanoise Nature Trek

From the summer of 2020 the village of Val d’Isère at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park is linked to Italy via a restored pedestrian route. The Grand Paradis- Vanoise Nature Trek connects across the glaciers the villages of Bonneval-sur-Arc (France), Valsavarenche (Italy), Rhêmes Notre Dame (Italy), Ceresole Reale (Italy) and Val d’Isère (France). Prior to Savoie becoming part of France in 1860, these villages and their surrounding land were linked together by this unique path. It’s accessible to all and takes in some truly spectacular landscapes dotted with flowers, and you’re likely to encounter all kinds of wildlife along the way.   The route follows ancient mule tracks that were also used by coal porters, merchants, soldiers and sometimes by smugglers. The project is supported by the European Union and is subsidised by European regional development funds.

In order to minimise the impact of the new route within the national parks, dedicated signage with an identifiable logo has been added to existing signposts.  Orientation tables have been put in place so that visitors can see the lie of the land in the sector between each village.

A paper map with details of the routes and practical information is also available. On the digital front, a mobile app has been developed to guide walkers via GPS where there’s no network available.  It provides lots of information including points of interest and news of what’s happening in the various villages as well as the weather forecast.  A website in three languages details all data on the Grand Paradis-Vanoise Nature Trek. There’s one tour that includes the glaciers and another that does not, along with two treks starting from different villages with routes of varying length and duration.

 

 

 

 Where to stay : Refuge du Prariond, entirely revamped for 2020

Located at 2 324 m beyond the Gorges de Malpasset at the foot of the Col de la Galise and the Glacier des Sources, the Refuge du Prariond is one of a network of 16 refuges in the Vanoise National Park and  it’s a feature of the Grand Paradis – Vanoise Nature Trek. The idea behind the makeover for spring 2020 was to generally improve the facilities and ecological management of the building, both for visitors and for the refuge wardens who live there, making it a more attractive and warmer place.

In terms of the exterior design, the structure is built into the mountainside in traditional alpine style. Solar panels, metal cladding, slate and larch are all subtly used to blend the building into its natural surroundings. Metal and stone reinforce the whole structure in order to cope with the weight of snow during the winter months. The roof is being planted with grass and wildflowers to help the refuge further fuse into its natural  surroundings.

Inside, there’s now a snug with a library and a large well-lit communal room – twice the size of the original one – with panoramic views across the countryside. Sleeping spaces have been enlarged, divided into blocks of couchettes of four or eight for a total of 40 people. In all, the floor plan has been increased by some 80 m2  

In terms of environmental impact, the existing solar and hydro-electrics have been enhanced. The new building has been designed to be more economical in terms of water usage. Sanitation and waste management issues have also been given special attention.

 

 

 

 

Nous vous souhaitons une excellente saison estivale sur Val d’Isère !