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Cervières ski resort:

cross-country skiing and mountain leisure in the Hautes-Alpes

The little village of Cervières in the Southern Alps nestles at the foot of the mythical Col de l’Izoard. And although the name may be more familiar to cyclists than skiers, Cervières nevertheless boasts a fine Nordic ski domain criss-crossed with numerous trails. Perched at a height of 1,620 metres, just 10 minutes from Briançon, this character-packed village is a human-scale resort at the gateway to Queyras Regional Nature Reserve. You’ll find plenty of typical mountain charm here: rows of larches, old chalets and maybe even a marmot or chamois drinking from a stream…

Cross-country skiing in Cervières from October to April

A cross-country skiing resort reputed for its high-quality snow lasting all the way through to April, Cervières is a white paradise for cross-country fans of all levels, rising to an altitude of 2,360 metres. False flats and gentle slopes alternate with woodland and a sunny plateau as you wind your way round Laus, the mythical Col d’Izoard trail, or tackle the high valley of Cervières. 42 km of Nordic trails in all snake through silent landscapes of larches, firs and charming chalets, skirting around frozen mountain lakes. Fancy competing with the champions? Get a shot of adrenalin and push back your limits with a biathlon course: armed with your rifle, get down on your stomach and aim for the target before launching off again on your skis. The toboggan run and snowshoeing trails are must-dos during your stay too, while daring skiers will definitely want to try out snooc: this 2-in-1 winter sport equipment, allowing you to hike uphill and ride back down toboggan-style sitting on one ski, is all the rage! To find out more, check out the trail map and prices, then book your stay online.

Cervières in summer, a hiker’s haven

A bridge between the Northern and Southern Alps, Cervières is the departure point for numerous hikes in beautifully-varied scenery. The high mountain valley of Fonts de Cervières features a range of trails of various difficulties, some leading to high-altitude lakes mirroring the surrounding peaks. Pic de Rochebrune, rising to over 3,000 metres, is the perfect pick for adventurers.
On your way, you might just come across a local farmer who’ll invite you in for a glass of his precious génépi liqueur. Stay on track to observe the chubby marmots waddling up the slopes and ibex goats clinging precariously to the mountain face…

Cervières, a hub of history

Take time to explore the village and its turbulent past marked by floods and major bombings in 1944. Some of the houses on the banks of La Cerveyrette date back to the 16th century and were built with timber frames. Initially founded on the left bank, village life has now switched to the right bank, with the exception of Eglise Saint-Michel topped with a Lombardy bell tower, which still stands overlooking the village houses. Keep your eyes peeled for sundials during your stroll – if you want a clue, just look for the town hall… Not to be missed too: the fortifications belonging to Briançon’s ancient defence network. A moving reminder of modern history, these walls helped push back the Italian assault in 1940. Whether you’re a fan of history, fine arts or natural sciences, the priceless heritage of the Hautes-Alpes promises an enriching and varied cultural experience, plus museums for every taste .

Prepping your holiday at the Cervières ski resort

Prep your holiday at Cervières by getting in touch with the Cervières Tourist Office on +33(0)4 92 20 42 42, or head to the Town Hall in the village centre.

Shops & Restaurants

The resort features several restaurants offering different moods and menus, ideal for a light lunch or unforgettable dinner bursting with local flavours. Alternatively, Briançon is home to plenty of shops including a supermarket, boulangerie and pharmacy and is just 10 minutes down the road.

Accommodation

Hôtel d’Izoard welcomes visitors to Cervières all year round and promises all the comfort you need after a long day out on the trails, including an on-site restaurant. You can also book a local furnished rental, country cottage or B&B.

Weather & Snowfall

Check out the weather conditions and snowfall in Cervières in real time thanks to the online weather reports and webcams:

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