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Cross-country skiing

Niveau Average

Skiing in single-centre with guide holiday

Follow us on the nordic skiing area of Les Estables on cross-country skis. At the heart of the Mézenc massif, you will be surprised by the vast expanses of land and the wilderness of the high plains and surrounding peaks.
You will go on a tour of the high plateaux of Mézenc and Ardèche. You will discover the "sucs", characteristic volcanoes of our region; you will also appreciate the numerous superb views of the Alps and the main summits of the Massif Central !
You'll alternate skiing on the groomed trails of the nordic resort and skiing through the fields and the forest on fresh snow.
You return to the hotel for lunch almost of the days ; one day you have lunch at an inn and one day you take your picnic with you.
At the end of the afternoon, back at the hotel, you can relax in the sauna or in the jacuzzi, bathe in the indoor heated swimming pool...
Insurrance General Terms
General Terms of Sale - organized stays

To book

Day 1 : welcome

Check-in the first day at the hotel La Découverte at Les Estables from 4.00pm. After a day of car or train, relax in our indoor swimming pool.
After the information meeting, buffet-style dinner.

Day 2 : Mezenc resort

We’ll go to the Forest House, departure of the X-country skiing tracks of Les Estables. After some exercises of balance and of braking, we’ll follow the track of “Le Chier” and the track of La Source to the Cross of Peccata, a pass with a very nice view.
Lunch at the hotel.
This afternoon, we’ll ski around the Mont Alambre, on the track Chemin de Ronde.
After the ski, try the hotel sauna* or Jacuzzi* before dinner.
*Extra cost.

Day 3 : Saint-Front Lake

Along the tracks, we’ll do some exercices of sliding near the Cross of Peccata.
Lunch at the hotel.
After a short transfer by minibus, we’ll ski to the Saint-Front Lake, an old crater lake, to much cooled to melt the snow !
After the trip, try the hotel sauna* or Jacuzzi* before dinner.
*Extra cost.

Day 4 : sources of the Loire river

Today, we leave for the day with the picnic in our rucksack. We go to the sources of the Loire river at the Gerbier de Jonc. We start on the groomed trails, across a nice beech forest to the Suc des Coux. Perhaps we'll see a beautiful  view on the Alps.
We'll continue across the fields until the authentic farm of Le Bourlatier, one of the biggest farm of the Ardeche high plain. We go back and see one of the numerous sources of the Loire.
Back to the hotel, try our sauna* and the cold water bucket !
After the dinner, and before going to bed, we’ll offer you a « home-made » slideshow about the Mézenc massif.
*Extra cost.

Day 5 : north face of Mont Alambre

Today, we ski only in the morning. We follow the track of Draille de Soutrou, on the north face of the Mont Alambre. On this side, the resort is very wild, there are very few skiers. Sometimes, we leave the trails, to go across the forest or the moors.
The lunch is taken is at the hotel. The afternoon is free. Why don’t you ask Virginie a massage (extra cost) ? Would you prefer to do downhill skiing at Les Estables resort ?
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6 : whole day

We’ll drive to the Chalet d’Aiglet, old departure of the resort. Then we’ll go to the Forest House across the forest and the fieds. The lunch will be taken in the inn of the Forest House. Then we’ll come back to the minibus by a new way.
When we’ll be back, you’ll be able to ask a collective relaxation session (extra cost).
Dinner at the hotel.

Day 7 : Rock Tourte

In the morning, we’ll choose the nicer tracks of the resort. We’ll have lunch at the hotel.
Then we’ll ski around the Tourte Rock, we’ll benefit of a nice view to the village of Les Estables and the Mont Mézenc. Perhaps we’ll meet dog sledges.
We’ll be back earlier than usually, so you’ll have more time to buy some cheese or honey in the village, unless you prefer to go in the heated pool.
After the last dinner with your friends, take à glass near the fireplace !

Day 8 : Check-out

Check-out after breakfast on the last day.


N.B.: The above programme is only an example; your host chooses the circuits on a daily basis, depending on the group and on weather conditions, on snow cover and on traffic conditions. What doesn't change : the lunch almost of the day inside : 4 times at the hotel, 1 time in an inn and 1 picnic outside.


Stays start on Saturday in the late afternoon and end on the following Saturday after breakfast. Check-in from 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm on the day of arrival (with an information meeting at 6.30 pm followed by a welcoming drink).

For the access by car or train, see the section ACCESS at the end of this sheet.

If you come by train, we’ll welcome you at Le Puy en Velay station for the timetable given at the booking (usually 5.20 pm).

In case of problems or late arrival, contact us on (+33)(0)4 71 08 30 08.


Check-out after breakfast on the day 8, between 9.00 am and 10.00 pm.

If you come by train, we’ll drive you to Le Puy en Velay station for the timetable given at the booking (usually 10.00 am).



  • Contact us by phone or by e-mail to request an option.
  • We’ll send you a booking form. To confirm the booking, fill in the form and return to the hotel, together with a deposit of 30 % of the total amount, with the optional insurance amount if chosen (payment by secure credit card by phone).
  • The hotel will send you a receipt for the deposit and the confirmation of the booking by post or e-mail.



  • On the web page of the stay, a table give you the availabilities and the rates. You can choose the date and book online.
  • You will confirm directly your booking online by paying with our secure credit card system.
  • If required, you can select the options and the insurance for cancellation and interrupted occupancy.
  • When the payment will be done, you will receive your confirmation booking by mail.


PAYMENT OF BALANCE : at the latest 21 days before beginning of stay. 



  • Our stays sales are governed by our general conditions of sale. These will be automatically applied in case of cancellation, whatever it is.
  • We suggests at the time of booking an insurance contract covering consequences of certain cases of cancellation. Subscription to the contract is optional however really recommended and must intervene at the time of booking.
  • Some credit cards include this insurance. Ask for information from your bank.



  • The customer's signature of the booking form implies acceptance of these general terms of sale.
  • The stay registration implies acceptance of the rates, the technical sheet and the general tems of sale.
  • Your stay registration means that you heard about the program, you are healthy and you have no medical contraindication to the practice of mountain sport.
  • The guiding is provided by professional mountain leaders who have a third party liability insurance. However, you are solely liable for any property damage and / or physical injury caused by you inside and outside the hotel during your stay. So you must have an individual and multi-risks third party insurance covering the activities provided for during your stay.



INTERMEDIATE group : for those who can brake, turn and climb in alternative skiing. The distance is adapted to the group (roughly 15 to 20 km a day).

On the four days when lunch is taken at the hotel, you have the option of skiing only half the day. On Tuesday, the ski tour is on all the day, with the picnic brought. On Thursday, you will have lunch at an inn, and you will need to ski all day long.

Stays are not suitable for children under 12.

The stay is for people who have an occasional or regular physical training.

Yours leaders will adapt the routes and their difficulties to the groups.


You will stay at Hotel La Découverte, in a family, double or single room.

A stone's throw from the village, built to blend into the landscape with its wood-faced façades, La Découverte des Estables, a 3-star hotel, offers quality accommodation specially designed for ramblers and hill-walkers. Its 20 rooms all have the save conveniences (bathroom with a roomy shower, separate toilet*, direct phone line) and all face south onto the valley*. An indoor heated swimming pool, a spa, a tennis table room, a billiards table, a lounge with fireplace and free Internet station, a self-service bar, a restaurant with panoramic view, a garden, a terrace and a private car park are among the facilities at your disposal for a quality stay. Near the hotel, 50 metres away there is also a tennis court. Wifi connection in the hotel.

Meals (breakfast and dinners) are served in the hotel at a communal table.

In March 2015, the hotel became a partner of the Regional Natural Park of Ardeche.

* except for the bedroom for PMK (Person Most Knowledgeable) : toilet in the bathroom. Bedroom face east.


Hotel spa

Discover our spa for a relaxing break and a delightful moment, to forget the stresses and strains of daily life ! Thanks to the large windows, you will benefit from the landscape and the view of the high plains. You will find in the spa :

  • an indoor heated swimming pool open in summer and in winter : water temperature between 80° and 82°F (27° and 28°C), size 31ft x 12 ft (9m50 x 3m80), depth 4.6 ft (1m40) ; opening hours : from 7.30am to 8.00pm ;
  • a sauna with hot stones oven ;
  • a multi-jet shower and a bucket shower (of cold water, after the sauna) ;
  • a jacuzzi with 5 seats and 1 lounge seat, with jets ;
  • a massage room (massage performed for non-therapeutic purposes).


To use these accommodations, several solutions :

  • Free access all the day to the pool and the multi-jet shower.
  • Access to the sauna and jacuzzi by session (€ 12 /pers) or unlimited access for the week (€ 55 /pers).
  • Massage sessions : several durations (on reservation) : 30 minutes (€ 50 /pers), 45 minutes (€ 60 /pers) or 1 hour (€ 70 /pers).
  • Collective relaxation sessions of 45 minutes (€ 16 /pers, minimum 3 persons).
  • Spa package for the week at € 115/pers : included the unlimited access to the sauna and jacuzzi, a collective relaxation session of 45 minutes and a 45 minutes re-energising masssage.


The village of Les Estables

At the boundary of the Haute-Loire and Ardèche départements, at the foot of mount Mézenc (the giant of the Cévennes rising to 1753 m), the village of Les Estables is the highest commune in the Massif Central, 1340 metres above sea level. From May to October, many activities in addition to trekking are on offer : Mountain biking, tree-climbing, cycling tours, electrically assisted cycling, hang gliding, orienteering, climbing, fishing. Horse-riding, via ferrata and swimming are also on offer nearby…

From December to March, the snow covers the high plains of Mezenc and Les Estables ski station : you can practise snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, nordic skiing, downhill skiing and snowboarding (thanks to the 8 tracks of Les Estables), dog sledding, snowkiting, igloo building…

Since 2014, the village of Les Estables is in the Regional Nature Park of Ardeche.


Your hosts

Brigitte, Philippe and Alexandre will reserve you a warm welcome ; they will help you discover this region and fall under the spell of these immense landscapes.



Christophe, cook chef in the hotel since more than 15 years, prepare meals from many local products. Most of the meals are homemade and you will enjoy traditional dishes. Our meals, in form of a unique menu, are diversified, balanced and adapted to the walkers efforts.

If you celebrate your birthday during the week, inform us. Philippe, trained as a pastry, will be happy to make a cake !


Transferts Internes

A minibus service is available for guests travelling by train, from Le Puy en Velay station, only subject to booking and on a fixed timetable :

  • from Le Puy en Velay to Les Estables: departure of the shuttle before 5.25 pm,
  • from Les Estables Le Puy en Velay: day 8 for the train departing at 10.30am.

To book this service, please call +33 4 71 08 30 08 at least one week in advance. Limited number of places.

Please enquire for train timetables and numbers.

During your stay, we organize transport by minibus to the starting points of the trekking circuits we offer. We have two 8-seat minibus and one 19-seat minibus.

Portage Des Bagages

No luggage to carry. You only need to carry your personal belongings during the half day or the day.

A 30-litre rucksack is adequate in principle.


Wether you are alone, in couple or with friends or with your club, we’ll welcome you and will do 1 or 2 level groups, depending on the number of participants.


During the 5 days and a half of walking, you will be guided by a local ski instructor.

Dossier De Randonnee

Each day, your ski instructor will offer you a hiking route, adapted to the forecast and the group level. The routes and landscapes will be varied. The routes will be able to be adapted to the weather and the snow.

Trust us to offer you the best hiking routes !

If there is no snow, you will walk.

Materiel Fourni

« Fish scales » classic skis. Ski poles and « Salomon » ski boots.

Equipement Individuel A Prevoir


Warm clothes, comfortable trousers but not too thick (or tights + over-trousers ), polar jacket, mountain jacket (waterproof windbreaker), cap or hood, warm gloves and/or mitts (be prepared for bad weather), scarf, warm socks, leggings (useful in deep snow), a change of clothes for the evening, a swimming costume/trunks for the hotel's swimming pool and a pair of shoes for the evening ; if there’s not enough snow, a pair of over-ankle hiking boots (NOT "snow boots" or low-sided shoes) will be usefull for walking.  


Sunglasses, sun cream, a rucksack (30-litre capacity about), a flask of at least 1.5 litres (possibly a vacuum one), personal first aid kit* (double thickness sticking plasters for blisters, disinfectant, dressings, etc.), needle and thread (just in case), camera, binoculars, etc…

* Many products or drugs are only available on prescription (Doliprane, Bétadine, etc.). Your guide will therefore not be able to give you them, unless so instructed by the SAMU (ambulance and emergency service) in an emergency. So you are advised to bring your own.

Dates Et Prix

Dates : In January, February, March 2019, from Saturday to Saturday.

From 680 euros. The single rate is obligatory for singles, except for people who accept to share their bedroom.

Two-week stay : discount 5% for the two weeks (different program for each week). Not available for the e-booking, contact us directly.

Children over 12 staying in the parents' room: 20% of.

Group prices: please enquire.

Visitor’s tax : 1 €/adult/day in 2019.

Options :

  • Spa package for the week at € 115/pers, included the unlimited access to the sauna and jacuzzi, a collective relaxation session of 45 minutes and a 45 minutes re-energising masssage.
  • Unlimited  access for the week to the sauna and jacuzzi : € 55 /pers.
  • The station to hotel shuttle service : 25 € per people return.
  • Optional insurance : the cancellation and interrupted occupancy : 3,9 % of the total amount of the stay.

Le Prix Comprend

  • The full board, from day 1 evening to day 8 morning (accomodation in double or single room, breakfasts, lunches and dinners) ;
  • the access to the indoor pool and to the multi-jet shower (during opening hours) ;
  • the loan of the cross-country skiing equipment (XC skis, poles and boots),
  • guides on the cross-country skiing trails,
  • the lunch at the inn,
  • the transport during your stay for the organised activities.

Le Prix Ne Comprend Pas

  • cancellation and interrupted occupancy insurance ;
  • the station to hotel shuttle service ;
  • the access to the spa (sauna and jacuzzi) ;
  • the massages and relaxation sessions ;
  • Ski pass : € 43.70 for the week in 2018 ;
  • drinks at the hotel bar and during meals, extras ;
  • visitor's tax (adults only).
Album photo
Une équipe à votre écoute

Thu. May 23rd, 2019 at St Julien Chapteuil : conference on volcanism at 6.30pm.

Sat. June 1st, 2019 at Chaudeyrolles : Fin Gras festival.
Sun. June 2nd, 2019 at Le Béage : Fin Gras festival.

Sun. June 2nd, 2019 : Transcevenole, spring walk at 8.00am.

Sun. July 21st, 2019 at Saint-Front : Massif Central goat festival.

July 26 and 27th, 2019 at St Julien Chapteuil : soup festival.

Sat. August 3rd, 2019 at Chaudeyrolles : cabbage soupe.

From August 3rd to 9th, 2019 at Le Monastier-sur-Gazeille : Music Festival "The place to cuivres".

Sat. September 14th, 2019 at Les Estables : peatlands festival.

Mon. October 28th, 2019 at Chaudeyrolles : oxen re-entry festival.

More informations :
Agenda Mézenc Loire Meygal Tourism Office

Hôtel La Découverte

Route des Boutières 43150 Les Estables

Tel. +33 (0)4 71 08 30 08

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