In summer, the Ballons des Vosges regional nature Park invites you to take part in outdoor activities. Near Hôtel Les Buttes in Ventron, you will have the choice between a wide range of activities. You can stroll along the hiking paths to appreciate the landscapes, the forests, the villages and the park's rich cultural heritage. You can also devote yourself to mountain biking on the hundreds of marked routes or try trail biking, especially in the Gérardmer resort which offers a dozen trails. But the park can be visited using any of number of different modes of transport: on horseback or even in a paraglider, a hang-glider or a hot air balloon to get a real bird's eye view. The many streams, rivers and lakes will delight those who enjoy water sports and fishing.
In winter, the Ballons des Vosges regional nature 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 Hôtel Les Buttes, the "Frère Joseph" station 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: Nordic skiing, luge, snowshoes 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.