Villeneuve / La Salle-les-Alpes, the heart of the Valley
The field of possibilities at an altitude of 1,420 metres! Villeneuve la moderne has its residences at the foot of the slopes for direct and easy access to the largest dski area of the Southern Alps .
UCPA and Club Med did not choose by chance to set up in the heart of this central spot, which is well known to snowboard enthusiasts.
Around its climbing wall, erected like a totem to set the tone, the sporty Villeneuve offers a wide range of activities, from fatbike to biathlon, from swimming pool to skating rink, from snowshoeing to dog sledding.
At the ski school reception desk and at the mountain guides' office, the list goes on and on: paragliding, mountaineering, ice climbing, sit-skiing, cross-country skiing, heli-skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, glacier trekking... Not to mention the crazy Deval'Bob toboggan run which offers 4 kilometres of ultra-fun descent between the larches.
In Villeneuve, we love snow, mountains, sports and skiing so much that we even do it at night on the Mickey slope dedicated to beginners .
In the Pontillas park, around the sleeping organic bath, you can also try Nordic skiing, you can run or walk on the snowy paths going up the valley, you can immerse yourself in nature, you can contemplate the mountain, so beautiful, you can fill up with oxygen...and you can try to compete with the trailers engaged in January on the courses (8,10,20 km) of the Snow Trail of Serre Chevalier.
On this ubac slope, the hamlet of Le Bez offers an interlude combining tradition and modernity!
A village of stone houses at the crossroads of the ski slopes. In the mysteriously named passages which converge towards the Place du Touron, its church and its wash house, one passes helmeted skiers, large skis on their shoulders, returning from an idyllic powder outing. Time is distorted in this hamlet which delightfully combines anachronisms and delights the visitor in search of authenticity and a change of scenery...combined with great skiing...on the feet!
All you have to do is cross the Guisane to discover the old village of La Salle-les-Alpes, its shopping street where tall houses with colourful facades are squeezed together, its shops, bars and restaurants, its Sainte Luce chapel transformed into the Autrefois mon village museum, and then higher up, clinging to the slopes overlooking the valley, the hamlet of yesteryear organised around the church of Saint-Marcellin (15th century), its fountain and its communal school, which is still active.
Pastoral life at the time of the sundials can still be seen in the narrow streets where barns, vegetable gardens and even pastures follow one another.
On these sun-dappled heights, from the Chirouze district to that of the Pananches, calm reigns, facing the effervescence of the vibrant resort. So close, the distillers of the Distillerie des 4 Frères make their liqueurs flow in their stills dating from 1921...
Did you know that?
Since its return in 2017, LE GRAND PRIX DE SERRE CHEVALIER, "the craziest race in the country", has been holding its crazy finish on the Villeneuve snow front, at the foot of the Casse du Bœuf.
Did you know that?
In the 1950s and 1960s, Léon Agel, the lyricist of the famous song Mon amant de Saint-Jean, invested his royalties in the Place de l'Aravet where he built several residences and financed the cable car.