The Plateau du Retord is a little piece of paradise high up in the Haut-Valromey in the east of Le Bugey, an hour from Lyon, Geneva and Chambéry, but its proximity to large cities has not altered the unspoilt nature of the area.
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A little corner of paradise in the east of Le Bugey
The Plateau du Retord is a little piece of paradise high up in the Haut-Valromey in the east of Le Bugey, an hour from Lyon, Geneva and Chambéry, but its proximity to large cities has not altered the unspoilt nature of the area. It remains a haven of peace where you walk through little dells known as ‘combettes’ before crossing the plateau itself, ready to attack the ascent to its high point, the Crêt du Nu (1,351m). The plateau is covered in snow in winter, much to the delight of ski and snowshoeing enthusiasts. In spring, just as the snow disappears, daffodils begin to show their heads followed by fragrant narcissi which carpet the little valleys before being picked for perfumers. In summer, mountain bikers and hikers follow designated paths through the forests. So you can see that the Plateau du Retord is a leisure area shared by both families and sporting enthusiasts.
If you’re looking for an unspoilt, friendly ski resort, then Le Plateau du Retord is made for you. With its 13 pistes and 9 ski lifts, it is an ideal family resort. The ski slopes are accessible from Les Plans d’Hotonnes. Equipment can be hired on-site. Apart from skiing the resort offers a snowpark, an ice rink, snow bodyboarding, pony rides and even biathlon ! An international stadium has been built to allow regional and national teams to train all-year-round. In the past the Ain region produced several biathlon champions such as Corinne Niogret and Sandrine Bailly. The success story continues today with the young Simon Desthieux.