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Ballon d'Alsace

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The southern peak of the Ballon des Vosges regional natural park, north of Belfort

wintertime

Cross country skiiing Ballon d'Alsace, photo Belfort Tourist Office, Jean Becker Alpine skiing Ballon d'Alsace photo Belfort tourist office Sebastien Cornu

This is a small resort, less commercial than some of its southern counterparts and consequently the lift tickets are more reasonably priced. Alpine and cross-country skiing, dog sledding and snow shoe walking are some of the sports on offer. The Ecole de Ski run by the French Ski Federation have a programme of lessons with particular emphasis on courses for children. Website for information

Summertime

Ballon d'Alsace, CRT Franche-Comte Laurent Cheviet Woods driving to the Ballon d'Alsace, Franche-Comte, photo burgundytoday.com

Drive through the forested area of pine and beech trees and picnic in the shade of the woods. There are spectacular gorges on the way to the uplands - huge mountain pastures covered with alpine flowers in early summer. The Ballon is a rounded granite summit, 1,250 m high and you can walk there from the Restaurant du Ballon d'Alsace on the D465 in about 30 minutes. On a fine day there is a magnificent panorama to the Alps. Wildlife includes the boreal owl, lynx, peregrine falcon and western capercaillie.

West of the Ballon d'Alsace, the slightly lower plateau of the Ballon de Servance (1,216m) opens up more impressive views. This can be accessed from a turning off the D486 at Servance, towards the Col des Croix.  Walkers will enjoy the 15 minute walk along a path from Servance village on the right to the Saut de l'Ognon waterfall.  

Places to Stay

Felon self catering cottages ref: 6418845

See Also

Belfort

Ronchamp, La Chapelle Notre Dame du Haut, Corbusier's masterpiece