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 pistes networks 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 is best to come in the months of January, February or March when the snow cover is good at lower altitudes.

Types of Cross Country Skiing:

The term "cross-country skiing" can actually mean different things for different people. There is skating, ski touring, Nordic skiing, back country skiing and biathlon! 

To find out what these all mean, have a read of our blog article, Cross Country Skiing Revealed!