de La Fricaudie

In the summer or winter, the Massif du Sancy offers
lots of sports and cultural activities for all ages.
The cottages are ideally located to enjoy the Massif.
We offer you various tourist guides and a workbook of activities to help you to plan your stay.


In the summer, but also in spring or autumn, a week is never long enough to enjoy the full range of activities available in the Sancy.


You can go hiking to discover  Chaudefour Valley and La Fontaine Salée Valley, or Picherande Natural Heritage sites : Cascade de la Barthe, Gayme and Chauvet Lakes, Pailleret....  François Lesca, a mountain guide, as well as Auvergne Escapade can organise hiking opportunities in the summer.


You can also go mountain biking starting directly from the house or village, or downhill mountain biking in Super Besse but also practise one of the many other activities in Super Besse as well as horseback riding or climbing.


The region is famous for its volcanic lakes (Pavin, Chambon, Chauvet ...) ; this is also an opportunity to cool off in summer. We particularly recommend the Lac de Lastioulles (our favorite!) With its watersports and a safe beach to swim.


Fishing enthusiasts can indulge their passion in a lake or river. At Picherande, young and old can fish at Lac de Gayme (fishing maps for sale in Picherande).

GOOD TO KNOW : Franck Coudière, in Cap Sancy, can organise "fly fishing" training sessions on the nearby lakes.


There are a lots of cultural visits : the medieval town of BesseRomanesque churches (Orcival, St Nectaire ...), Castles

(Murol, Val, Cordès, St Saturnin...), the ski museum of Besse, Grottes Jonas...


Not to be missed from 15 June to 15 September  Horizons SancyFor 3 months, the Massif du Sancy is an open air site of contemporary creation exhibits. Each edition is based on a dozen in-situ works created by selected international artists.. They are original and ephemeral and you can discover them on nature walks. Picherande annually hosts a work.


Vulcanial'Aventure Michelin (in Clermont Ferrand) or also l'Accrobranche du Mont Dore will delight all ages :


Rugby fans can even go watch a game at the ASM mythical Stadium Marcel Michelin.

In the winter, all gliding activities are possible in the Massif du Sancy.


You can enjoy dowhill skiing at Super Besse resort just 12 km from the cottage and it is very easily accessible by the D 149 road (where you arrive directly at the parking of the slopes).

The ski resort of Super Besse is linked to the Mont Dore; 85 km of slopes, 60 tracks (27 tracks in Super Besse and Mont Dore 33 slopes) and 40 ski lifts. Guests can also enjoy night skiing from 5 p.m to 8.45 p.m daily during school holidays and on Thursdays and Saturdays outside school holidays. The station equipment with 300 snow cannons guarantees quality snow throughout the ski season.

You can also go skiing in the family resort of Chastreix Sancy, located 9 km from the cottage. With 15 km of slopes, 13 ski lifts and 8, it is an ideal resort for beginners and / or children.


The Massif du Sancy, it is also 250 km of ski slopes groomed and marked  spread over 2 sides, 6 resorts (Besse / Super Besse, la Bourboule, Chastreix, Le Mont Dore, Picherande and La Tour d'Auvergne) and 9 tracks interconnected.

Country ski slopes of Picherande Village and Picherande-Charreire are close to the cottage and the country ski slopes of Super Besse are at 12km. 

In the Sancy,
 Snowshoeing is in free access and path are marked with a specific markup. La Fricaudie Haute 
is also an ideal base for snowshoeing or walking.

Good Deal : Snowshoes hikes organized by Auvergne Escapade

To plan your trip in winter :

Sancy  Massif website

 Super Besse mountains activities



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Route de La Fricaudie, 63113 Picherande


Contact : Carole Leclercq  (+33) (0)6 63 64 65 59