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La Grave

La Grave, nestled in the hauntingly beautiful French Alps, is renowned as one of the most challenging and untouched ski terrains in the world. Here, rugged mountainous beauty meets the thrill of off-piste skiing, promising an adventure of a lifetime. Read more

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Situated in the Hautes-Alpes region of France, La Grave offers a ski experience like no other. Unlike conventional resorts, it primarily features free-ride terrain, without groomed runs or boundary markers. The menacing yet mesmerizing La Meije Glacier dominates the landscape, casting a majestic silhouette against the sky. This village isn't about luxury chalets or après-ski parties but is a haven for the purists who respect the mountains and crave the raw challenges they offer. Every descent in La Grave is a commitment, demanding skill, knowledge, and proper equipment.
For those who live by the ethos "respect the mountain", La Grave is more than just a skiing destination; it's a spiritual journey. While its towering peaks and deep descents enthrall many, it is essential to approach them with caution and reverence.

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What to do in La Grave

La Meije Glacier

The glacier is the central attraction of La Grave, attracting free-riders and mountaineers with its steep drops and untouched snow.

La Grave Cable Car

A thrilling ride that takes you to an altitude of 3,200 meters, offering jaw-dropping views of the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Church of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption

This 11th-century church in the heart of La Grave is a symbol of the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

The Ecrins National Park

Close to La Grave, this national park is a haven for nature enthusiasts with its diverse flora, fauna, and picturesque hiking trails.

Lautaret Alpine Botanical Garden

Located at the Col du Lautaret pass, this garden boasts an array of alpine plants, offering a serene contrast to the rugged terrain.

Guided Mountain Tours

With La Grave's challenging terrain, guided tours are essential for those unfamiliar with the landscape, ensuring safety while delivering a memorable experience.

Mountain Huts

Scattered around La Grave, these huts, like the Refuge de l'Aigle, offer trekkers and skiers a place to rest and refuel amidst the mountains.

Rock Climbing

Apart from skiing, the region offers rock climbing opportunities, attracting adventurers during the warmer months.

Village of Villar-d'Arêne

A short drive from La Grave, this village is steeped in history and offers an authentic glimpse into mountain life.

Lake Puy Vachier

A pristine alpine lake, perfect for a tranquil retreat and some of the most scenic views in the region.

What else to visit
In and around La Grave

Les Deux Alpes (11.78 km)

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Les Deux Alpes beckons adventure-seekers with its impressive vertical descents and snow-sure glacier, making it an exceptional winter and summer sports haven.

Alpe d'hues (16.46 km)

Rising from the French Alps, Alpe d'Huez is a sun-soaked mountain utopia renowned for its legendary Tour de France cycling climbs and vast skiing terrains. A world where exhilarating alpine adventures meet breathtaking panoramas.

Serre Chevalier (26.79 km)

Serre Chevalier, nestled in the French Alps, beckons with its pristine snow-capped peaks, vast ski terrains, and authentic alpine charm. A favorite among ski enthusiasts and nature lovers, it promises unforgettable mountain experiences.

Val Thorens (37.48 km)

Val Thorens, the pinnacle of skiing excellence in the French Alps, stands tall as Europe's highest ski resort. Renowned for its snow reliability and impressive terrain, it's a snow-lover's dream, offering a sublime blend of luxury and adventure.

Les Belleville (37.49 km)

Les Belleville, nestled in the heart of the French Alps, offers an authentic mountain experience. Encompassing iconic ski resorts and charming villages, it's where pristine slopes marry rich cultural heritage.

Les Menuires (37.62 km)

Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, Les Menuires is more than just a ski resort. It's a snowy paradise where mountain vistas meet world-class slopes, and where adventurers and families alike find solace in the pristine Alpine environment.

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