The Southern French Alps is perfectly adapted to cross country skiing with its gentle valleys meandering under a majestic backdrop of high mountains. There is an extensive network of cross-country routes passing through some of the most stunning parts of the Southern Alps valleys and high alpine plateaux, including a circuit at 2300m.

Have a look at the Ancelle, Col Bayard, Haut Champsaur and Valgaudemar maps for an idea of the piste neworks in the area.

When to Come Cross Country Skiing in the Alps:

As most cross-country skiing is lower down the valleys than the actual downhill ski resorts it's best to come in the months of January, February or March when the snow cover is good at lower altitudes.

Cross Country Skiing Events in the Alps:

There are lots of cross country skiing competitions and events all over the Alps in winter. The Trans'Champsaurin, 42km cross country ski marathon is a big event that takes place every year in the Champsaur valley. It is open to everyone, a bit like a road running marathon, and is a great opportunity for amateurs to challenge themselves amongst the pros!