Join the “Bergère des Etoiles” on a French chairlift
The Collet d’Allevard ski resort, located in the Isère region of France but little known to the UK market, is a good choice for skiers who like to be active at night, not just in the après-ski scene..
First of all, Le Collet offers one of the largest night skiing areas in Europe, having developed over the years an extensive network of lit pistes. Today, 10 tracks with a total of 15 km of tracks are lit by new energy-efficient LED floodlights. They are open every Friday from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and also on Tuesdays during the winter holidays. You can ski from the top of the resort at 2100m via the Claran chairlift over 700 meters of vertical drop to the bottom of the resort at 1400m and the base of the Tufs chairlift.
You can also use the chairlifts to observe the stars at night with the “star shepherdess”, Nadège who shares her passion for astronomy with families. Jump on the Claran chairlift up to 2,100m and far from any light pollution, for a 90-minute telescope observation under the starry sky.
Le Collet d’Allevard is a family destination located at 1,450 meters above sea level and located between Chambéry (just 55 kilometers / 34 miles / 54 minutes by road) and Grenoble (also only 52 kilometers / 32 miles / 55 minutes by the road).
Its ski area, culminating at 2,100 meters above sea level, is made up of three sectors (Les Tufs, Pré Rond and Super Collet) with gradients combining gentle slopes and narrower, more technical slopes through the pine forest.
At the top of the Belledonne massif, skiers can enjoy magnificent views over the Grésivaudan valley (Isère) and, to the north, over the Chartreuse and Bauges massifs.
There are 27 runs covering 35km, 11 lifts comprising four chairlifts and seven surface lifts, and the runs vary in range from cruising greens and blues to more demanding reds and blacks. Day lift passes cost from €21.25 per person.
The ski area is ideal for beginners and families with young children. There are two sections dedicated to the nativity scene which are both equipped with magic carpets. The new Tétras Délire park is a fun new slope for families where you can have fun skiing while discovering the Collet environment (animals, nature, heritage).
The town of Allevard-les-Bains is a spa resort which offers many cures (therapeutic virtues of the Allevard spring recognized since 1836) and the thermal baths are constantly developing their offer of treatments focused on well-being.
The thermal baths of Allevard have been considered very fashionable since the beginning of the 19th century and remain popular to this day. They were completely renovated in 2019.
Accommodation options include hotels, apartments and lodges. A seven-night stay at Contemporary Elegance near the Baths costs from £259 in total for two people sharing a one-bedroom apartment.