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Villard Saint Pancrace ski resort

Nordic skiing and mountain recreation in Le Briançonnais

Natural, intense and generous, Villard Saint Pancrace ski resort is a traditional meeting place for those in the know, keen to enjoy a change of scenery just 5 minutes from Briançon. Set against a backdrop of peaceful mountains and luxuriant virgin scenery, the resort is redolent with a soothing village atmosphere, promising a delightful break with memories galore to take back home.

Winter in Villard Saint Pancrace: cross-country skiing and snowy delights

If your heart beats a little faster at the thought of lapping up the sunshine on a high-altitude restaurant terrace, revelling in a week of winter sports or simply gazing at beautiful snowscapes, Villard Saint Pancrace is simply made for you! Nestling in the pretty Briançonnaisarea, the resort features 36 km of cross-country trails winding between forests and mountain chalets. The trails heading to the ancient mine entrances are trickier, but the views over Montbrison, Le Galibier and Italy are definitely worth your trouble. You’ll also find snowshoeing trails climbingup even higher into the larch forests and Vallée des Ayes, set against a skyline of soaring peaks and summits. In short, a genuine change of scenery at the gateway to the Queyras Regional Nature Reserve.To find out more, check out the trail map and prices, then book your stay online.

Virgin summer landscapes in Villar Saint Pancrace

If you’re seeking pure air, peace and altitude, or are keen to try your hand at some outdoor mountainsports, look no further! Tucked at the foot of an impressive larch forest, Villard Saint Pancrace is the departure point for a host of hiking and mountain biking trails, leading through the forest to meadows steeped in sunshine. Carved out by the torrents of Guisane, Durance, Clarée, Cerverette and Ayes, the valley is also a renowned fishing hotspot. Set up your rod on the Canadian-style, picture-postcard banks of Lac de l’Orceyrette and wait for the local brown trout, rainbow trout and arctic char to take the bait. This emerald-green lake nestles at the heart of the Bois des Ayes reserve – a little corner of paradise ideal for a picnic in the great outdoors. The site has also inspired many photographers, artists and directors, and several films and series have been shot on location there.

Terroir and tradition in every season in Villard Saint Pancrace

Tradition has forged the landscapes and everyday lives of the village’s men and women. Coal mines sprang up here in the 19th century and this local industry thrived in particular during WWII. Today, you can enjoy visiting the Musée de la Mine mining museum, exhibiting various objects used by the ancient miners, together with a variety of other captivating Hautes-Alpes museums on the themes of fine arts, history, archaeology and natural sciences .
Villard Saint Pancrace harbours traditional limestone kilns, mills and tiny chapels dotted around the neighbouring countryside. This is also a paradise for discerning foodies, with an abundance of character-packed Briançon specialities redolent with a taste of freedom such as mutton, lamb, tomme cheese, blue cheese and “toupina” – a cheese made with eau-de-vie and white wine. Bon appétit!

Prepping your holiday at the Villard Saint Pancrace ski resort

Prep your holiday at Villard Saint Pancrace by contacting the Hautes-Vallées Tourist Office on +33(0)4 92 49 60 51, or pop in to see them in the village. You can also browse the Hautes-Vallées website, where you’ll find plenty of info including maps, activities, entertainment, etc.

Shops & Restaurants

The Briançonnais area’s restaurants are an absolute must! If you want to sample the finest local specialities, simply opt for the most tempting menu and most welcoming terrace… You’ll also find a variety of shops on site including a supermarket, boulangerie and pharmacy.


You’ll find plenty of accommodation in Le Briançonnais in every season including hotels, holiday rentals, country cottages and B&Bs. Just take your pick!

Weather & Snowfall

For guaranteed peace of mind, check out the forecast and snowfall in real time thanks to the online weather reports and webcams: