County of La Meije's Nordic Area
The Nordic area from le Pays de la Meije offers you 10 km of cross-country trails; loops with diverse profiles but easy, snowshoe itineraries, a pedestrian trail, a sledging area and a natural skating rink under the kindly but careful glance of chamois .
At the gates of the Ecrins National Park , in a beautiful setting at the foot of glaciers and under the watchful eye of chamois, ermine , white foxes and hares, visit our wonderful Nordic Area.
You will evolve into 'a world apart', preserved, a place that encourages contemplation and where the spectacle of the high mountain and wilderness is sufficient in itself.
10 km of slopes with diverse but easy profiles are available to walkers and sporty-people, in a wilderness site , suitable for cross-country skiing , snowshoeing , sledging , ice-skating or walking .
Tracks and routes are relatively flat , in the woods, valley bottom and height for those who bypass the hamlet 'Le Pied du Col' .
The Sun skimming the peaks in the heart of the winter, the site has a snow of excellent quality, cold and light as well as an exceptional snow conditions throughout the winter season.
In the heart of Winter the area is sunny during the mornings from 9:30 a11h30, then when February points, mornings of sunlight get longer and in March there is even some Sun until early afternoon:)
Ski-hockey games are held all WE outside school holidays and all mornings during the french school holidays.
There are no equipment rentals on site but you can find skis, snowshoes or sleds for rent to sports shops Villar d'Arene (Juge Sports ) Chazelet ( Olym'Pic Sports ) or La Grave ( SkiSet ) .
Rates : Crosscountry skiing = please look at the ' prices ' tab
Snowshoe trails = free
Sledge area = Free
Natural ice rink = €4 ( ice skate rental included)
Reminder: Friends walkers and hikers with snowshoes,please follow the dedicated trails.
The ski trails are strictly reserved for skiers (municipal decree of 11/01/1986 )
From 21/12/2019 to 05/04/2020 between 10 am and 4.30 pm. Dates to be confirmed.
Sunny time on the cross country area =
from 9:30 am to 11 am during the month of December
from 9:30 to 12:30 during the month of January,
from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the month of February
from 9h to 16h and 30 during the month of March
Inquire at the tourist office (04 76 79 90 05) to know the state of opening tracks (which can be closed due to high avalanche risk) or visit the Nordic France Website
Consider buying online your nordic skipass'Season Southern Alps' at the best price, on the website nordicalpesdusud.com.
Subject to snow conditions.
05480 Villar d'Arène
Phone : 04 76 79 94 28
Phone : 04 76 79 90 05
04 76 80 00 51
Parc National des Ecrins
With its rare biological diversity and well preserved historical character, this vast area (91800 hectares) it is the largest of the 7 French national Park, that ranges in an altitude from 800 meters to 4102 meters (summit f the barre des écrins)
04 76 79 90 05
Look for wildlife tracks with a ranger
Explore winter's beauty with due respect for the fragility of the natural environment. A National Park Ranger will help you to find your way among the tracks of wild animals. Booking needed the day before.
06 40 58 43 47
04 76 79 12 99
Nordic ski lessons with Carine
A Nordic ski instructor, State graduated, offers cross-country ski lessons (skating and alternative) for adults and children, as well as Telemark and Nordic stroll; all in a beautiful setting.
04 76 79 90 05
In the village of Villar d'Arene, on the edge of the Ecrins National Park, you will discover a technically easy site in a protected and spectacular environment, bordering the Romanche river under the watchful eye of Chamois, Hermines and other wild animals
04 76 79 94 28
Ice rink in Arsine
At the heart of the cross country site, at the gate of the Ecrin National Park, come ice skating under the watchful eye of chamois in Arsine.
Ice skates can be rent on the spot.
After you had great fun on the ice-rink, you can then enjoy a delicious mulled wine, a hot chocolate, apple juice with cinnammon, pancakes or what will please you !:)
04 76 79 90 05
Meet us in front of the guesthouse 'Gîte du Pas de l'Ane' (Arsine/Villar d'Arène) with a headlamp, snowshoes or cross-country skis, for a nice walk led by a mountain professional, in the moonlight at the Nordic Area!
A delicious mulled wine will be offered after the outing.