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For those who are looking for new thrills: the best spots in the Southern French Alps in winter

Want to impress your colleagues when you get back from your skiing holiday? We’ve found something better than showing off the mark left in your suntan by your sunglasses with a panel of activities all guaranteeing thrills. With snowshoes or skis on your feet, on a toboggan, a sled or even a skidoo, top up on energy and fresh air in total freedom in the Southern French Alps

Explore the Montagne de Lure

The unchallenged charm of snowshoeing

For a week-end or a week’s holiday in the Southern French Alps, the ski resort of Lure welcomes you to the high slopes of the Montagne de Lure in the heart of the UNESCO-classified biosphere reserve. A 100% nature spot with a whole host of activities for you. You’ve always dreamed of snowshoeing in the Southern French Alps? Set off to explore the vast white expanse of the Montagne de Lure along the marked trails in total freedom. On the menu there are magnificent pristine landscapes to enchant you. We recommend the Le Pré du Fau or Les Charbonnières hiking trails for the most exceptional viewpoints. Winter sports lovers will of course find ski and toboggan runs. And for those who prefer more out-of-the-ordinary activities, why not try tubing. A novel sport for all ages where you slide down a ski run on a huge inflatable donut!

 

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A change of rhythm in the Nordic area of Crévoux

Each to your own pace

The Crévoux Nordic area, which is located at an altitude of 1700 metres in the Hautes-Alpes, offers a good snow cover which is perfect for all winter sports. For cross-country skiing enthusiasts there are 6 trails, and 3 trails for snowshoeing outings or fatbike for the most enthusiastic – 45 km of trails to scour the white mantle of snow at your own pace! The more athletic can treat themselves to the biathlon area while adults and children alike enjoy themselves on the toboggan run of the play area. The added attraction of this Nordic area: take a dog-sled ride to discover the Château sector and its magnificent landscapes.

Fun in Auron

Get a “buzz” on the runs

Auron is without a doubt one of the best ski resorts in the southern French Alps. Over 135 km of runs make this the biggest ski area in the Alpes-Maritimes department! You’re free to choose between cross-country skiing and ski touring. Stock up on thrills and slide fast down the tobogganing area or on the skating rink, discover the thrill of speed, drive skidoos and get a feeling of tranquillity as you climb the icefalls. But Auron is also a great resort for discovery: so come and learn ice pétanque – watch out Marseille – or try the boot camp – an obstacle course in the snow which will reveal your competitive spirit , or even a full-size escape game to save the resort of Auron! The village-resort of Saint Dalmas le Selvage just next door is also a must for a skiing weekend in the southern French Alps.

Escape in the Val d’Oronaye

100% nature spot

The Val d’Oronaye Nordic area, located at the entrance to the Mercantour National Park, in the Hautes Vallées of the Ubaye, is the place to be for the perfect holiday in the mountains. Many hiking trails are traced here: cross-country skiing, ski touring, snowshoeing and hiking trails in total freedom. For the more athletic, try a trail or a walk on snow in the Alpine settings. And animal-lovers, you can go for a dog sled ride! And of course, for passionate skiers who want to get their fill of winter sports and thrills, there are the 40 km of cross-country skiing trails.

The Queyras in Nordic mode

The athletes’ mecca

Where is the best place to ski in the southern French Alps? In the Queyras with a vast Nordic area spread over several valleys. The areas will delight those of you who love wide open spaces coupled with a real feeling of freedom. The biathlon area welcomes skiers who would love to imitate champion Martin Fourcade. Come and sample the excitement of this unusual activity which blends the pleasure of winter sports and rifle shooting. For cross-country skiing, the beginners who want to become aces can rely on the instructors’ excellent teaching. And if you are really motivated, they might just train you for the “Traversée du Queyras“, a famous race on the national calendar of long-distance events. Something to put your talents as a skier and your skating steps to the test.

 

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Isola 2000 and its sporting pleasures

Time for ski touring and snowshoeing

Looking for the perfect place to satisfy your appetite for hiking in the Southern French Alps? Head for Isola 2000, the resort that specialises in mountain hiking! You can choose between the classical or skating Nordic ski teams or even the snowshoeing outing team. There are more than enough trails for you and you can move around as much as you want in the middle of the white landscapes. Our favourite itinerary is the one that takes us to the Col de Lombarde with its exceptional panorama of the Alpes-Maritimes! From the point of view of ski area, Isola 2000 also has all you need. And every year, the resort hosts regional, national and international skiing and snowboarding competitions.

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