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The Pays des Ecrins is a hotspot for mountaineering in France. Situated between the cities of Gap, Grenoble and Briançon, this high mountainous territory is home to the second highest peak in France, the Massif des Écrins, which rises 4,102m high. Composed of 9 communes, this region has a surface area of 354 mi².
The range of summer activities in the Pays des Ecrins is very extensive. The 435 miles of marked trails make for spectacular hikes between the mountains, lakes and high glaciers, for both sports pros and novices alike. Mountain biking, whitewater sports, rock climbing, and the Via Ferrata climbing route are also some of the region's top activities.
Winter brings the cold (temperatures can drop to -25°C) and the snow, the key to winter sports. The two skiing domains of Puy Saint-Vincent (1,200m, 1,400m, 1,600m) and Pelvoux-Vallouise (1,250m) offer all the same activities as the big ski resorts, without the problem of overcrowding. Families also benefit, thanks to the attractive prices and the facilities provided for both the young and old.
The Pays des Ecrins is also rich in heritage. Labelled a 'centre of rural excellence' in 2006, the region has developed projects linked to the territory's hydro-power station. 11 specially designed sites provide a better understanding of the journey from ice...to light.
The Pays des Ecrins is situated around high summits with very diverse fauna and flora, which give the area its wild charm. So as not to interfere with this fragile ecosystem, all the houses and future constructions are subject to strict ecological standards. Living in the mountains involves building on slopes using local materials. This way, the houses blend in perfectly with the landscape, and most have been awarded the 'eco-construction' label.
The Pays des Ecrins is synonymous with a wide variety of activities and well-being, all with an environmentally friendly approach.

The Pays des Ecrins Tourism Promotion Office - www.paysdesecrins.com
Information point in Vallouise: +33 (0)4 92 23 36 12
Information point in Puy Saint Vincent 1400: +33 (0)4 92 23 35 80
Information point in L'Argentière la Bessée: +33 (0)4 92 23 03 11
Information point in Puy Saint Vincent 1600: +33 (0)4 92 46 68 58

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