Accueil Discovery Natural heritage Climate and geography




Classified as a resort since 1924, the town of Hauteville-Lompnes, is labeled an "ECO Holiday Resort" and "Snow Village". It has a mid-mountain climate and a geographical position which gives it a particularly beneficial climate.


Here you can breathe better: the air is clean, dry and naturally a tonic. The limestone bed-rock absorbs atmospheric moisture, preventing mist and fog. The abundant forests act as nature’s lungs, and offer a rich breath of fresh air. The Plateau is free from any atmospheric pollution. Pollination occurs relatively late and for a shorter period, so there is a significant reduction of pollen allergens compared to many neighboring regions.


Since 1998 various scientific surveys have been conducted, and their chemical and biological analyses validate the quality of the air on the Plateau.

A distinctive topography

Located in the heart of Bugey, at the southern end of the Jura Mountains, the Plateau d'Hauteville has an altitude that rises from 800 to 1000 meters.


The edge of the Plateau is dominated by a peak rising to 1234 meters, the summit of Planachat. Its soil is glacial and sedimentary in origin, formed in the Mesozoic era, and consists of limestone beds or marnocalcaires, with a thickness of over 300 meters.

A rich and varied flora and fauna

Let's take a walk on the Plateau d'Hauteville ...


Forest, grasslands and wetlands all reveal a diverse flora: the forests located in the east are mainly composed of fir, spruce and beech. In the West, there are woods of oak, hornbeam, linden and maple, providing attentive walkers the pleasure of discovering unsuspected treasures: morels, chanterelles, russulas, boletus, agarics and the lepiota or parasol fungi.


In spring, the meadows are dotted with a thousand flowers: narcissus, daffodils, Turk’s cap lilies, delicately scented violets, primroses, primulas, orchids, fritillaries, fawn lilies, hellebores, sage, ladies’smock, gentians, dianthus, bluebells and globe flowers.


As for the swamps, at every season they display a variety of plants: sundew, butterworts, aconites, bullrushes and cotton grass ...



Situated at between 800 and 1234 meters, the Plateau d'Hauteville is on the Mountain plateau which makes it ideally suited for forestry development. Silver fir and beech are the most prolific trees  and they host a diverse wildlife. One can encounter large mammals such as deer and wild boar; Chamois, which have appeared recently, can also be seen near cliff faces. At dusk, with luck, you can see lynx. foxes, badgers, martens, weasels, stoats, and squirrels, all of which are well represented, as well as many species of birds: Green Woodpecker, Grouse, Capercaillie... The many meadows teem with small rodents and hares. Hedges host and abundance of Sparrows and Wheatears, ... Birds such as the Commun Buzzard and Kestrel come to hunt there.


The Wetlands and lakes are populated by water species such as Mallards, Coots, Great Crested Grebes, Little Grebes and Heron. There are lots of  insectivores: Marsh Warblers, Reed Buntings, and Gray Shrikes, which, though rare on the Plateau, can still be observed in the Marais de Vaux. And, looking up, you'll have the joy of seeing the graceful flight of a Red Kite.


Les Pass Saison Nordique sont en vente !

Ski nordique - Plateau d'Hauteville



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Espace Bien-être sur le Domaine de la Praille

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