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Crunch the Aravis Mountains !



Sharpen your pencils, prepare your brushes and set off to discover the mountains.

You will set up your easel in front of the grandiose landscapes of the Aravis, or at the 4 Seasons workshop in the centre of Le Grand-Bornand village, and will benefit from the advice of a professional.

No previous level is required, whether you are a beginner or an experienced amateur. Complete your course with half-day discovery hikes.

Wellness & spa
Full board catering
Supervision of guides
Evening events
Equipment for the activity
From 16 years old

The painting sessions take place at the "Atelier des 4 Saisons", in the centre of the village Le Grand-Bornand, accessible by shuttle bus or private car.

Morning: welcome and lunch at the Auberge Nordique.
Afternoon: discovery hike in the Bouchet Valley.
Evening: presentation of the stay followed by a welcome drink.

Monday: "Watercolour landscape" painting session from 9am to 12pm + hike in the mountain pastures in the afternoon.
2h30 to 3h hiking, average difference in altitude of + 200 to 450m / - 200 to 450m

Tuesday: painting session "built heritage with graphite/charcoal/watercolour pencil" from 9am to 12pm + afternoon walk in the forest.
2h30 to 3h hiking, average difference in altitude of + 200 to 450m / - 200 to 450m

Wednesday: free morning. Market in Grand Bornand village.
Afternoon and evening: sunset and barbecue at "Lac de la Cour" - 1440 m
2h hiking, altitude difference +200 / -200m

Thursday: painting session "landscape with watercolours" from 9 am to 3 pm

Friday: painting session "animals in graphite/watercolour/watercolour pencil" from 9am to 12pm + panoramic hike in the afternoon.
2h30 to 3h hiking, average difference in altitude of + 200 to 450m / - 200 to 450m

Saturday: free morning, end of the stay after lunch.

Important : The programme is given as an indication.
The Aravis region is full of trails, each one more beautiful than the next. To vary the pleasures, the guides are free to use their imagination and to propose other itineraries! Situations beyond our control may also lead us to modify the itineraries and activities of the day (weather, level of participants, group safety...).


L'Auberge Nordique has several minibuses at its disposal to get to the starting point of the hikes, but some trips can be made with the participants' cars.

Level of participants: our guides are the best judges of the level of participants. If a participant does not meet the specified level criteria, he or she may be offered a more suitable course! The Auberge Nordique cannot be held responsible for any lack of level observed during the stay.

In the mountains, temperature differences can be significant if the wind picks up or if there is a thunderstorm. It is better to bring warm and waterproof clothes even in summer.

The price includes :
o Full board accommodation from Sunday for lunch to Saturday after lunch. Coffee at lunchtime and wine at the table included.
o Supervision by instructors and guides in the chosen activities, from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening according to the programmes.
o Access to the wellness area and fitness area from 18 years old.
o Entertainment on certain evenings.
o Shuttle service "Village - Auberge Nordique" during the summer season.
o Bed linen and towels.

The price does not include :
o The membership card to the association of 6€ (compulsory).
o Tourist tax of 0,80€ per night and per adult over 18 years old (rate 2024).
o Drinks and extras.
o Transport from your place of residence

More about ...

The Auberge Nordique

The Auberge Nordique, located in the Aravis mountains in the resort of Le Grand-Bornand, is a premium holiday village.
We offer all-inclusive holidays to suit all tastes and levels.

Full board, don't worry about anything, we organise your holiday!

Take advantage of professional quality supervision, tasty local cuisine, quality accommodation to enjoy sporting moments and moments of relaxation and well-being.
Friendliness, sharing and environmental and territorial commitments are our watchwords.

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Confort or Premium ?

Our rooms

Have you chosen an activity? Now choose your room to make the most of your full-board stay in the mountains! 

Our century-old chalet, typical of Le Grand-Bornand, has been completely renovated and we now offer top of the range rooms. Choose between Comfort and Premium roomq. 

Alone? You can also choose to share your room to reduce costs, just like in a real Auberge! 

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Watercolour and sketch specific:
In all cases :
o 1 folding chair or 1 cushion to sit on
o 1 sun hat, or even a parasol
o Water for painting and for drinking (1 litre)
o Hiking shoes and a practical bag (backpack) to carry your equipment.

You can use the equipment provided on site, for a fee of 20€ for the 5 sessions.

You can bring your own equipment
o Pencils: HB and 4B
o 1 black permanent marker
o 1 eraser
o 1 box of 12, 18 or 24 colour watercolour pencils (derwent, fabercastell, caran d'ache, staedler...)
o 1 box of watercolours 12, 18 or 24 colours (Winsor&Newton, Rowney, Schmincke...)
o 1 brush with soft bristles (spalter type, 3 cm wide)
o 1 brush 1cm wide
o 2 "small grey" brushes of different sizes, not too small
o 1 roll of paper towel
o 1 roll of tape
o 1 pencil sharpener
o blank sheets of scrap paper or a small ordinary notebook
o 2 cups
o 1 drawing board (1 calendar is enough)
o 2 drawing clips

Watercolour paper is provided free of charge.

For hikes :
o Cap or hat.
o Pair of gloves.
o Trousers, shorts, t-shirts.
o Walking socks.
o Waterproof or windproof Goretex raincoat + fleece jacket or heavy jumper.
o Hiking shoes with treaded soles.
o Valid identity card or passport.
o Medium backpack (about 30 litres) for the day's belongings and picnic. About 20 litres for half day hike.
o Large plastic bag or 1 overbag to protect your backpack.
o The Auberge Nordique does not put plastic bottles in the picnic baskets! Bring a water bottle or a container for the hikes (1,5L minimum).
o Pocket knife, cup and reusable cutlery for picnics.
o A pair of very protective sunglasses (CE 3 or 4 index essential).
o Tube of sun cream and 1 lip stick, with a high sun protection factor.
o Camera and binoculars (optional).
o Pair of walking sticks (optional).

For the week :
o A change of clothes.
o Indoor shoes or a pair of slippers.
o Swimsuit and extra towel to access the wellness area or to go to the village swimming pool (possibility to rent at L'Auberge Nordique).

Pharmacy :
o Your usual medicines.
o Painkillers, preferably paracetamol.
o Adhesive or elastic bandages (Elastoplast type, 6cm wide).
o Sets of adhesive bandages and disinfectant pads.
o Double skin (anti-blister plasters)

From 885 € /pers (room of 2)
Price infos
from 14 July 2024 to20 July 2024
885 € /pers (room of 2)
7 days, 6 nights
from 21 July 2024 to27 July 2024
885 € /pers (room of 2)
7 days, 6 nights
from 4 August 2024 to10 August 2024
885 € /pers (room of 2)
7 days, 6 nights
from 18 August 2024 to24 August 2024
885 € /pers (room of 2)
7 days, 6 nights