Explore the Infinite: Isère’s Winter Wonderland Offers So Many Possibilities on ‘Make Up Your Own Holiday’ Day!

Creativity knows no bounds, so why not make the most of ‘Make Up Your Own Holiday Day’ on Tuesday 26 March? This year, Isère invites visitors to unleash their imagination and craft the holiday of their dreams in the heart of its winter landscape.

Isère is a region of the French Alps with 21 ski resorts that spread across four mountain ranges – Oisans, Belledonne, Chartreuse and the Vercors – making Isère the third largest ski area in France. Home to the vibrant city of Grenoble, Isère offers a playground of endless possibilities for holidaymakers seeking adventure, relaxation, and everything in between. With 300 days of sunshine illuminating its diverse terrain, Isère is the ultimate canvas for crafting your very own holiday experience.

Why Isère is the ultimate Make Up Your Own Holiday Destination:

  1. Massive Versatility: From thrilling outdoor activities to serene natural escapes, Isère caters to every taste and preference, ensuring that your holiday is nothing short of extraordinary.
  2. Nature’s Classroom: Explore snow-covered peaks, tranquil forests, and picturesque villages as you immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring beauty of Isère’s natural wonders.
  3. Family-Friendly Fun: Create unforgettable memories with your loved ones as you embark on exciting adventures and discover new experiences tailored to every member of the family.
  4. Culinary Delights: Indulge your senses with an array of culinary delights, from traditional Alpine fare to gourmet cuisine that promises to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
  5. Unrivaled Winter Activities: Brace yourself for an exhilarating lineup of winter activities that promise to ignite your sense of adventure and leave you craving more.

Embark on the Perfect Week-Long Holiday:

Monday – Zip Line: Thrillseekers can experience an exhilarating 1,968 metre zipline in Chamrousse – Belledonne that whooshes past two pylons, providing that extra oomph, and reaching peak speeds of up to 80 km/h at The Adrenaline Park. Strapped securely into a seat harness, riders set off from the summit of the ski resort and are encouraged to smile for the camera and keep their eyes open, as the view is out of this world. A solo descent is just £30 / €35 pp, with a duo descent being £55 / €65.

Find out more here: Chamrousse

Tuesday – E-Biking: Rail Hunter MTB in Les Deux Alpes presents a distinctive adventure known as “Frozen Mountain biking,” inviting participants to ride electric mountain bikes equipped with studded tyres. This activity offers a novel way to explore the mountains, featuring a thrilling 400-metre vertical descent. This athletic outing requires participants to feel comfortable on a mountain bike, where fun, controlled skids, gliding, and maneuverability are all part of the experience.

Guests can select from several packages including the All Day Package, Discovery Package, or After Dark Package. The After Dark Package includes a traditional mountain meal at the Troika Mountain Restaurant. Starting from £47 / €55, this activity promises an exhilarating and memorable experience amidst the snowy terrain of Les Deux Alpes.

Find out more here: Mountain Biking on snow

Wednesday – Orienteering Course: Embarking from the picturesque village of Oz 3300 and ending at the Lacs Plateau, families and friends are invited to partake in a winter adventure through orienteering. With map and compass in hand, participants can select from three orienteering concepts: Autonomy, Initiation, or Photo Rally. These courses cater to individuals of all ages, skill levels, and preferences, promising an experience tailored to every participant’s needs.

The resort’s instructor hosts weekly introductory sessions, imparting essential techniques such as map reading (including colours and symbols), compass navigation, and landscape interpretation (including vegetation, rocks, and water features).

Equipment is readily available from the tourist office, comprising a punch map, compass, IGN route map, and comprehensive guide booklet. With these resources at hand, adventurers can embark on a journey of discovery, immersing themselves in the beauty and challenge of winter orienteering amidst the stunning landscapes of Oz 3300.

Find out more here: Orienteering course, Oz 3300

Thursday – Personal Chef Experience: Journey to Vaujany within the Alpe d’Huez Grand Domain Ski area and connect with The Chalet Chef, a dedicated team of private chefs who craft bespoke menus for in-chalet dining, even for guests staying in self-catered accommodations. From breakfast to dinner and special occasions, The Chalet Chef curates delectable culinary experiences infused with local flavours and culinary finesse, using only the freshest ingredients available. As an added treat, each guest receives a generous half bottle of wine. With every detail meticulously taken care of, guests can simply relax and savour the meal without lifting a finger. Menus start from £33 / €39, with children’s menu options available starting from £24 / €29.

Find out more here: The Chalet Chef

Friday – Relaxation: Take a day of pure indulgence, guests seeking ultimate relaxation are invited to indulge in the haven of Alpinotherapy at Les Grandes Rousses**** Hôtel in Alpe d’Huez.

Alpinotherapy combines the elements of altitude, pristine mountain air, water sourced from Lac Blanc nestled in the heart of the Massif des Grandes Rousses, as well as a blend of locally sourced plants and minerals from the Alps. This unique therapy harnesses the benefits of the mountain environment, enhanced by the healing properties of copper, ruby, sapphire, peridot salts, mountain pine, and semi-precious stones such as pink quartz, rock crystal, and agate. Together, these elements work to alleviate fatigue, detoxify the body, fortify natural defenses revitalise energy levels. The rejuvenating Alpinothérapie experience costs £90 / €105.

Afterwards, guests are encouraged to experience the culinary delights of the region at the hotel’s restaurant. A must-try is La Tourte de l’Isère, a recipe deeply rooted in the region’s culinary heritage. Crafted entirely from locally sourced ingredients, this dish exemplifies the rich collaboration between Isère’s skilled chefs and students from the Lesdiguières Hotel and Tourism School in Grenoble. Carefully selected to highlight the diverse flavors of the region, La Tourte de l’Isère not only celebrates gastronomy as a hallmark of Isère’s allure but also fosters a sense of community across generations.

Find out more about Alpinotherapy and La Tourte de l’Isère at Les Grandes Rousses**** Hôtel by visiting their website: www.hotelgrandesrousses.com or learn about Isère tourism and the recipe at Isère Tourisme.

Saturday / Sunday – Alpine Hike: Embrace the stunning panoramas of Villard-de-Lans/Corrençon-en-Vercors as pedestrians can revel in the same awe-inspiring vistas enjoyed by skiers and snowboarders.

For more information and bookings, visit: Villard-de-Lans/Corrençon-en-Vercors Tourism

Or try Les 2 Alpes.  By boarding the Jandri Express cable car from the resort to the Jandri Meadows at 3,200 metres, followed by the funicular ascent to the Pic Blanc summit at 3,400 metres, visitors are treated to unparalleled views. The breathtaking scenery encompasses the Ecrins Massif, Belledonne, Vercors, Mont Blanc, and even glimpses of the Massif Central.

At the summit, adventurers can delve into the enchanting ice cave or test their mettle by stepping into the void. Come March, the Bureau de Guides offers glacier hikes starting from 3,000 metres, reaching beyond 3,400 metres. Equipped with crampons and ice axes, participants are rewarded with 360-degree views that defy description. These glacier hikes are accessible even to children aged 10 and above, promising an unforgettable alpine experience.

For more information and bookings, visit: https://www.les2alpes.com/summer/

So, get creative and Make Up Your Own Holiday Day in Isère, and unlock a world of opportunities as you design your perfect winter getaway! Whether you’re craving adrenaline-fueled adventures on the slopes, serene moments amidst breathtaking natural landscapes, or simply seeking the ultimate holiday escape, Isère promises an experience like no other. Discover the magic of Isère and create memories that will last a lifetime.