Along with La Grave, Villar d’Arène is the only village situated in the département of Hautes-Alpes located in the Romanche Valley. It is also the last village on the western flank of the Col du Lautaret.
With its two hamlets, Le Pied du Col (1705 m) and Les Cours (1779 m), Villar d’Arène boasts an exceptional mountain environment at the foot of the iconic, prestigious summits of the Ecrins and the gateway to the Ecrins National Park.
In winter, the Espace Nordique du Pays de la Meije offers 20 km of cross-country skiing with varied, yet easy loops, together with an 11 km snowshoeing trail, a special pedestrian loop, a natural ice rink and sledging run. The tracks and trails are either relatively flat, in woods at the bottom of the valley, or higher up for those who choose to go round the hamlet of Le Pied du Col.
In summer time, the Ecrins National Park is a stone’s throw away, perfect for hikes of all levels, with access to a range of mountain huts, with their typically alpine atmosphere. Other attractions for visitors include via ferrata, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing.