The village of La Grave is located on the right hand side of the upper Romanche Valley, on the border between the départements of Isère and the Hautes-Alpes, 10km from the Col du Lautaret. To the south, the village is dominated by the imposing massif of La Meije, the second-highest peak of the Massif des Écrins (3982 m). La Grave is situated on the edge of the Ecrins National Park and its five hamlets – Les Fréaux, Le Chazelet, Les Terrasses, Ventelon and Les Hières are dotted around the village.
Skiing here is for connoisseurs and the domain, reserved for experienced skiers, is renowned world over. There are no secured, waymarked ski runs in the valleys of the Meije, but rather mountain routes accessed via the Téléphériques des Glaciers de la Meije cable car (1500m-3190m). A lift can then take skiers up to the Dôme de la Lauze (3560 m) and Les 2 Alpes. But much easier skiing can also be enjoyed in the village resort of Le Chazelet, nestling on the southern facing slopes, making La Grave a perfect destination for families.
This is also an important mountain climbing centre, offering a number of climbs including the most famous of all, namely the Grand Pic de la Meije stnding at 3982 m.
Visitors can also enjoy icefall climbing, via ferrata (in Les Fréaux), hiking in the Écrins National Park (on the GR 50 and GR 54 foot paths) and mountain biking from the Lautaret to the Emparis plateau, not forgetting the freeride section of the Meije.