Practicing Nordic activities is certainly the best way to discover the generous natural environment that the Hautes-Alpes has to offer.
The departement has 1000 kilometres of groomed trails over 22 marked, renowned sites under the label Nordic Alpes du Sud (Southern Alps Nordic) Among the most well-known are the wild Vallée de la Clarée (Clarée valley), the Gap-Bayard domain and the Queyras, which is one of France’s largest Nordic sites.
Cross-country skiing and outings on foot or snowshoes are activities that can be enjoyed in the resorts as well as in the valley. They can be practiced freely or assisted by a mountain professional.
And what about escaping to the great outdoors arctic-adventure style with sleigh dogs? The dog teams are surprisingly docile and energetic. A first sleigh dog outing in the Hautes-Alpes is an unforgettable experience.