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County of La Meije's Nordic Area

At the foot of the Lautaret Mountain pass, under the summits and glaciers, the Pays de la Meije Nordic Area is a magic spot surrounded by majestic and wild beauty. In this haven of peace the groves of trees give shelter to many wild animals.

 

The site is at the gates of the Ecrins National Park, in a beautiful corner of the Hautes Alpes region. You will evolve in an unspoilt environment that encourages contemplation, under the watchful eye of chamois, deer and snow hares. The area is ideal for nordic sking and snowshoeing. The trails are relatively flat, going through the woods and the valley bottom, except for the ones that cross the Arsine hamlet.

Cross-country skiing: 10 km of trails, three loops with with diverse but fairly easy profiles.

Nordic Walking: Villar d'Arène - La Gravière (8 km)

Snowshoeing: Tour of the hamlets of Villar d'Arène (11 km)

Sledging: one hill at Arsine and one at the Jouvencelles, opposite Villar d'Arène

Natural ice skating rink: free access, ice skate rental posssible at the gîte le Pas de l'Ane.

Ski hockey: hockey equipment (bring your skis) at your disposal at the Nordic Chalet every weekend and Wednesday outside school holidays and all mornings during the french school holidays.

Relaxation area: deck chairs and a spyglass enables you to enjoy the sun and observe the wildlife from a terrace next to the Nordic Chalet.

The sun skimming the peaks at the heart of the winter, the site has good snow conditions throughout the winter season.

Reminder: walkers and hikers with snowshoes,please follow the dedicated trails. The ski trails are strictly reserved for skiers (municipal decree of 11/01/1986 )

 

Overtures :

From 12/12/2020 to 28/03/2021 between 9 am and 4.30 pm.
Hours of sun at the Nordic Area:
from 9.30 am to 11 am in December
from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in January,
from 9.30 am. to 2.30 pm in February
from 9 am to 4.30 pm in March

Inquire at the tourist office (04 76 79 90 05) to find out if the trails are open (they can be closed due to high avalanche risk) or visit the Nordic France Website.

Subject to snow conditions.

 

 

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Arsine
05480

 

Phone : 04 76 79 93 07

Phone : 04 76 79 90 05

Phone : 04 76 79 95 04

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