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In the Queyras

Abriès-Ristolas

1,550 meters above sea level
Je réserve
In the heart of the National Reserve, at the foot of the Stone Man

Why stay in Abriès-Ristolas?

Would you imagine going to end of the world? The  Abriès and Ristolas villages, now united for better and better, are here to open their doors to you. The Haut-Guil gates, the Mount Viso ones, a stone and snow palace among the most coveted in the Alps: those of “Retour d’Est”(special meteorological phenomenon). The biggest market in the Queyras in the old days, Abriès has retained its character as a cheerful gourmet inn, its center lively and colorful. In Ristolas, head up, you’ll climb the high mountains, towards passes and summits that already smell like Italy. Eyes wide open, the architecture and hamlets of this high valley have a thousand fascinating stories to tell you!

All practical information

Thursday 20 June
Rain
12°C
min : 10°C / max : 12°C
Wind : 5km/hHumidity : 89%
Morning
10°C
Afternoon
12°C
Evening
10°C
Friday 21 June
Rain
15°C
min : 7°C / max : 15°C
Wind : 15km/hHumidity : 45%
Morning
8°C
Afternoon
15°C
Evening
7°C
Saturday 22 June
Partly cloudy
17°C
min : 4°C / max : 17°C
Wind : 5km/hHumidity : 41%
Morning
8°C
Afternoon
15°C
Evening
6°C
Sunday 23 June
Rain
11°C
min : 2°C / max : 11°C
Wind : 7km/hHumidity : 58%
Morning
5°C
Afternoon
10°C
Evening
7°C
Monday 24 June
Rain
10°C
min : 6°C / max : 11°C
Wind : 11km/hHumidity : 85%
Morning
6°C
Afternoon
11°C
Evening
7°C

Village presentation

Abriès, a beating heart of the Queyras, is tinged with animal allegories. After the small “Pas de l’Ours” pass, the Abriès crow’s-foot invites you to settle down in this village marked by history. You’ll find downtown the mighty trade hall and old farmhouses, romantic hotels and beautifully integrated modern complexes. The ski resort, discreet and obvious, seems to have been here forever. If you like summer and two wheeled things, there’s a fabulous bike park to keep you busy. Like the small shops offering a wide range of delicacies and crafts. You’ll soon discover that Abriès is one of the liveliest villages in the Queyras. This is thanks to its particularly imaginative and cheerful entertainment committee. If you’re looking for peace and quiet and wide-open spaces, head for the perched hamlets of Le Roux and Valpréveyre. Can you feel that little hint of Italy in this mountain pasture atmosphere?

The downhill ski area

The Abriès ski area welcomes families – for the diversity of its slopes from the end of December to the end of March – as well as those thirsty for powpowder on wide skis after a “return from the east” ! The Abriès reputation , thanks to the quality of its ski area and the warm welcome offered by the village, is well established. If you try it, there’s only one risk: you’ll want to come back again and again…

Introducing the Ristolas village

A village like no other. Ristolas, shaken many times, still standing. This is evidenced by its massive modern farmhouses, signs of another era and now part of the 20th century heritage. Behind their vast porches, you’ll discover, happy, vacation centers, museums and gîtes. Ristolas and its hamlets of La Monta and l’Echalp are a world to themselves. A mecca for hunting as much as for environmental protection, it also celebrates culture, with numerous artists’ residences and THE performance hall of the Haut-Guil region. Ristolas offers you all the contrasts of a village at the end of the world, more alive than ever. You’ll be happy to make it an ideal base camp on your way to the crests and high peaks of the Viso.

Ristolas' recreational area

The Ristolas playground is a great place for a ski warm up or just getting started, with specially adapted facilities away from the crowds.

Abriès-Ristolas' calendar

Everything that happens here
Regulatory informationThe Ristolas-Mont Viso Reserve
Reserve regulations
  • Authorized bivouac shelters areas

    Bivouac shelters are authorized:

    • Less than 20 meters away from authorized marked trails.
    • More than 20 meters away from the lake’s banks and, ideally, rivers.
    • More than 500 metres away from a refuge.
    • Outside areas used by livestock and sites sensitive to the conservation of species such as Lanza’s salamander.
    • On the Pointe Gastaldi flat for climbers crossing the border ridge.

      In general, visitors are encouraged to use their common sense to preserve the environment, avoiding, for example, wetlands sensitive to trampling. Some prohibited areas will be marked with nets, but others may be left unmarked to preserve the landscape.

  • General rules of good practices
    • Bivouac shelters must be set up after 6 p.m. and dismantled by 9 a.m.
    • Leave with your waste, including toilet paper.
    • The bivouac shelter must be more than an hour’s walk from the first hamlet (L’Echalp).
    • Do not move rocks to preserve micro-habitats.
    • Use stoves only in non-wooded areas; fires are forbidden.
    • Do not dig gullies around your tent.
    • Do not use detergents such as soap, toothpaste or washing-up liquid.
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