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A holiday in the Vosges

Skiing in Ventron, hiking and mountain biking

In summer, the Vosges Regional Natural Park invites you to take part in outdoor activities. Near L’Ermitage in Ventron, you can discover landscapes, forests, villages and the rich cultural heritage of the park hiking along the sloping paths. You can also devote your time to the joys of mountain biking on the hundreds of marked routes or try trail biking, especially in the Gérardmer resort which offers a dozen trails. Yet you can also explore the park on horseback, or for a truly soaring experience, up in the air by paraglider, deltaplane or hot air balloon. If you enjoy water sports and fishing, you’ll adore the many streams, rivers and lakes.

In winter, the Ballons des Vosges Regional Natural Park is covered in a white coat and turns into a vast and enjoyable area for lovers of winter sports. There are twenty resorts equipped with ski lifts. Just outside the Hotel L’Ermitage, the "Frère Joseph" resort has slopes with 10 pistes, from green to black, that also includes beginner's slopes. In addition to downhill skiing, you can try lots of other snow sports, such as Nordic skiing, luge, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. During these activities or when relaxing, take the time to admire the gentle snow-covered rises and falls of the Vosges mountains and contemplate its white forests and frozen lakes.