Village & Shops
La Grave La Meije : it is an unique place formed by villages and hamlets from the Haute Romanche valley, at the foot of the Lautaret’s col, in front of the Ecrins National Parc and ‘la Reine’ Meije (3 983 metres), last Alps’s summit to be overcame and one of the most majestic of the Alpine arch.
In the heart of the Alps, on the Grenoble-Briançon axis, and near the Savoie, La Grave is 1450 – 1500 metres high and is part of the Briançonnais. Briançon is 38km far from here, it is the highest town of Europe. La Grave is known as a flowered village and one of the most beautiful village of France.
Chamonix and La Grave have opened simultaneously the 2 first offices of mountain guides. It is also the 2 most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps seen from a resort. La Grave is at the intersection of 3 French departments : it is at the north of Hautes-Alpes, near Savoie which is 15 km far and also near Isère which is 10 km far. So we are at the border of south and north Alps that’s why there is a easy access from the north and the south of France.
We spread easilty then, because La Grave is on the axis that cross over the Alps from West to East and is not like the other resorts at the end of a long slope. Saved up from the 70’s wild urbanism, the resort is still a real authentic small village. It is the same idea with the neighbouring town “Villar d’Arène” and the several hamlets that made the ‘Meije country’. It is actually known as one the last bastion of the Alps that stayed authentic and traditional.
La Grave is world-known thanks to its remarkable off-piste ski and its biggest difference in height. Two famous ski brands have build here their ‘ski test centre’.
La Grave has all the assets to enjoy a great stay in an awesome resort
- Tourism office
- High mountain guides office
- ESF, mountain guides
- Band of Boaders & Snow legend (ski test-center Rossignol)
- Rafting during summer, paragliding all year
- 2 shops ‘Sherpa’ & ‘Alp’servit’
- Bread kiosks in these shops
- A bakery
- Homemade and specialities in some points of sale : moutain’s laundry, cheese, butchery, mountain’s bread & honey
- 3 sport shops (rental – selling – repairing)
- Tobacconisit’s-press office at 50 metres
- Petrol station at 500 metres and garage Renault
- Doctor’s office
- Post Office
- Meije’s taxis & bus
- 4 bars in terrace in the middle of the village
- 1 pizzeria
- 4 hotel’s restaurants
- 3 restaurants
- 1 creperie-pizzeria, raclette & fondues
- 4 restaurants on the ski trails (at 2400 & 3200 metres high : Chancel’s refuge for Vallons, Plagnes’s Chalet at Le Chazelet)
- 2 night pubs during winter (only one during summer)