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We are one and a quarter hours' drive from Seignus de Allos and La Foux d'Allos, both of which are excellent resorts with a wide range of skiing, from wide open pistes, to tree-line skiing. The photos opposite show the stunning quality of the off-piste skiing at La Foux.
La Foux d’Allos has a link to Pra Loup, giving about 130 km of pistes to explore.
The photo to the left shows the Observatory run at La Foux d'Allos. This photo was taken on the 28th of March 2011 a day when we had 60cm of new snow, giving excellent skiing conditions.
If you are going up to the Allos resorts good quality skis, boots, poles and blades (and sledges if you really aren't very confident!), can be hired at Au Petit Allossard, Rue du Pre de Foire, Allos, 04260. Tel. 04 92 83 14 62. You can also hire ski mountaineering skis and cross country skis from the same shop.
The ski station at Foux d'Allos, with its wide open spaces, is also great for Speed Riding.
Closer to home, about half an hour away, the much smaller resorts of Vauplan, Gréolières les Neiges and l'Audiberg provide an extremely cheap alternative to the larger resorts, and are ideal for families or those learning to ski. Both of these photographs were taken at Vauplan.
Each station has ski hire although the equipment is not the newest.
This photo shows Picogou, a great off piste run with a 300m descent at Vauplan.
Valberg is a bit further away from Les Basses Beaumettes but provides an alternative for a days skiing.
You can check out snow conditions an have a look at piste maps on the following websites.
To find out more about opening dates and snow conditions at Vauplan:
A useful site to help you think a bit about your technique can be found here.
Les Basses Beaumettes is situated in an isolated mountainous area which lends itself to ski mountaineering. Ski mountaineering is a great means to get away from pistes full of people trying to perfect their high speed snow plough with an unenviable, less than aerodynamic stance.
Thanks to a lot of forestry tracks many of our local mountains are accessible in winter, like Arpille (left) . Both the photos below were taken ski mountaineering from Les Basses Beaumettes up Arpille. The view on the right was taken from the top looking north towards the Clue de Mujouls.
The tree line only goes half way up Arpille, giving wide open spaces for skiing down on fresh powder snow after a new fall.
The photo opposite (left) was taken near Foux d'Allos which gives access to stunning scenery.
You can hire ski mountaineering skis and cross country skis at Au Petit Allossard, Rue du Pre de Foire, Allos, 04260. Tel. 04 92 83 14 62.
The photo below (walking with raquettes) was taken on the Crete de Bernard looking across to the Teillon ridge, both of which are also good days out on mountaineering skis. The nearby Mercantour national park provides the full ski mountaineering experience.
Walking with raquettes (snow shoes)
The pleasant walks described in the walking section are just as good in winter. It is, however, well worth hiring raquettes (snow shoes), as the snow can be very deep in places. Several places locally (the Gite Tonic and the Epicerie de Soleihas tel 04 93 60 40 28) hire raquettes.
The photo opposite was taken on the Crete de Bernard looking across to the Teillon ridge.
The nearby Mercantour national park provides the full mountain experience.
Further afield walking up to somewhere like Lac d’Allos in the solitude of winter provides an excellent day out. Raquettes, cross country skis and ski mountaineering skis can be hired at Au Petit Allossard, Rue du Pre de Foire, Allos, 04260. Tel. 04 92 83 14 62.
Cross country skiing
If there is enough snow you can cross country ski at Gréolières les Neiges and at Caille (tel. 06 13 66 56 23) where tracks are made every winter.