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  • Escape the ski crowds in the Hautes-Alpes

    Set between Grenoble and the Italian border, this sunny corner of the Alps has a wealth of friendly villages, some spectacularly high peaks and fantastic winter sports. Yet the Hautes-Alpes are delightfully unspoilt and offer less crowded ski holidays than better known ski areas of France.

  • Hautes-Alpes for skiing, sleigh rides and mountain holidays

    The beautiful, unspoilt region of the Hautes-Alpes is perfect for those who like their winter sports or mountain holiday in an authentic traditional village with chalets, snowy pastures and sleigh rides, all surrounded by breath taking natural scenery.
    Hautes-Alpes is our region of the month and it lies between Grenoble and the Italian border. Here, the sun shines for 300 days a year and the terrain includes spectacularly high peaks perfect for all types of skiing – even parachute skiing.

    There’s a wide variety of winter sports activities on offer, with cross country skiing, ice climbing, snowshoeing and the exhilarating sport of ski jöring, which involves being pulled on skis by a horse. Those who like their Alpine holidays less strenuous can bask in the warmth of thermal springs.

    The region boasts two conservation areas - the enchanting Écrins National Park, with its rivers and lakes, and the Queyras Regional Nature Park, with panoramic views of peaks and glaciers. Main towns are Gap and Briancon, a picturesque delight of steep, narrow streets, tall church spires and a dramatic river bridge.

    For summer mountain holidays, this is an equally extraordinary destination where fields of lavender wave in the breeze below the year-round snow and the ice of glaciers. Beautiful valleys provide the perfect venue to get away from it all and, whether for skiing or summer, you can choose from our great accommodation options of chalets, apartments and cottages.