We offer comfortable self-catering chalets and apartments in the Vallouise Valley, gateway to the Ecrins National Park.
We are an English family and have lived here in the Hautes Alpes since 2003. We are always on hand to provide support for families, couples and groups, whatever activity you choose; skiing, snowshoeing or ice climbing in Winter. Walking, hiking and trekking (the GR54), kayaking, climbing and Via Ferrata in the Spring, Summer and Autumn.
Enjoy the best alpine holiday gites in the Southern French Alps! Great accommodation, multi activity courses, and plenty of outdoor family action in this huge and diverse mountain arena. And make full use of our 300 days of sunshine – it’s the Mediterranean in the Mountains!
The week will incorporate walking excursions with a qualified mountain leader (www.trekecrins.com) to find everything edible in our surrounding area, from foraging in the forest for edible plants, nuts, flowers and fungi to visiting local cheese, honey, produce farms and markets. Our UK award winning chef will show us how to incorporate the foods we find and buy locally into regional and and not so regional but interesting dishes which we will feast on each evening.
After a very successful Autumn art course we will be running another watercolour painting fully catered course in Vallouise in May 2015. Since we only run very small courses everyone is welcome from beginners to advanced painters. See pictures from our Autumn course on this page of our website: http://www.alpbase.com/photos/by_category/62 and Dawn Prettys website: http://www.dawnpretty.com/
A fantastic igloo labyrinth has been created at the Pelvoux ski station with ice art within. It is open every afternoon and is FREE. Well worth a visit even if you don't have children.
We had a wonderful day cross country skiing on the 8K cross country ski track right on the Col du Lautaret today. They only piste this area when the snow conditions lower down are thin so this was a rare experience, but all the more special for that!