Retord and Hauteville Plateaus and Valromey


Every year an internationally renowned dog sled race, la Retordica, takes place at Cuvery Pass. Have a go yourself with one of the dog sled rides proposed throughout the winter!


The 100% mountain feel to these two gems of the southern Montagnes du Jura really sets them apart from other resorts. At 1,000m (3,280ft) above sea level, they’re at the perfect altitude for you to recharge your batteries and get back into shape! Each resort offers something different: while at Hauteville the focus is on fitness and sports conditioning, the mood at Plans d’Hotonnes is Nordic, chilled out and meditative.

Hauteville-Lompnes: sport, health and fresh air!

Hauteville is renowned for its treatment centres, which guarantee an excellent quality of care and have become masters in the art of physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. Some of France’s greatest athletes and champions come here to recover from injuries, where the plateau’s pleasant climate is conducive to rest and recuperation.

Perfectly suited to cater for both big and small sports teams, Hauteville remains Olympique Lyonnais football club’s preferred training ground, while other sports federations often come here for the resort’s specially adapted facilities. Welcome to the European Centre for Training Courses and Sports Camps!

The “Lumberjack Walk” (Promenade du Bûcheron) that takes place in May isn’t exactly a walk in the park… The demanding Ain “Eco-trail” race covers 70km and climbs over 3,000m! Departure is at dawn for the first challenge which will take you right to the summit of Grand Colombier (1,531m/5,023ft) in Valromey.

Plateau du Retord is as Nordic and idyllic as it gets!

In spring, immense daffodil-covered valleys decorate the horizon as far as the eye can see. Above Retord Farm, the imposing silhouette of Mont Blanc stands proud, almost like a mirage. The atmosphere here is serene and nothing can disturb the calm of the pastures…

Home to some of the most beautiful trails (GR9, Grandes Traversées du Jura), both in summer and in winter, the plateau is the favourite backdrop of both hikers and cross-country skiers. Retord Chapel, the symbol of the plateau, has been a popular meeting place among trekkers for generations.

Plans d’Hotonnes is a unique family resort, a favourite among many Lyonnais, whose attachment to it is likely linked to their first sledge run or their first time on skis. This very resort houses an international biathlon stadium – the emblematic sport of the Montagnes du Jura. Several great champions grew up in villages around here before going on to excel in major international competitions.

Practical information


Languages spoken

Partager sur

Valromey in figures:

  • At 1,322m/4,337ft, Crêt du Nu is the highest peak of the Retord Plateau.
  • 122 square miles/317km²: the size of the area covering the 2 plateaus.
  • 23rd August 1900: the day the first hospital in Hauteville-Lompnes opened.

Panorama du Crêt de Beauregard:

  • “A short hike that takes about 1 and a half hours from Plans d’Hotonnes car park. Follow the signs for Panorama de Beauregard until you reach Croix des Terments. About 100m after the cross, take the path on the right which leads to Beauregard to get to the viewpoint over the whole of the Alps.” – Reviewed 18th April 2016 by Nadege B (translated from French)


  • “Magnificent view over the Alps, Vercors, Belledonne and the Ecrins Mountains, as well as Mont Blanc. It’s easy to get to with children, and there’s a clear orientation table at the top to help you distinguish the different mountain ranges.”Reviewed 4th July 2016 by Crolles2 (translated from French)

L'ain vous conseille

Mis à jour le 1 février 2024 à 08:08
par Aintourisme

Continuez la découverte...

Liste Carte
Filtrer Liste Carte