This charming, family friendly ski village combines all the ingredients for a successful holiday. The recipe? First and foremost is its location… perched on a plateau, bathed in sunshine and sheltered from the wind, Ancelle overlooks the Gap basin, the foothills of Devoluy and the Champsaur valley. This is the heart of a huge, preserved wilderness, full of larch, beech and pine trees – true picture postcard decoration! On the leisure menu, there are a multitude of activities to choose from for all tastes. The active and sporty will love downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, ski touring and ski joering, whilst those looking for a more relaxed experience can enjoy dog sledding, pony sledding or horse and carriage rides… With something for everyone, Ancelle is a perfect holiday destination to mix and match relaxation, action and village life all
Tickle your taste buds…
In Ancelle, life is good and food is good! This is because this ski village has managed to preserve its traditional agricultural activity and promotes its local produce: cheeses, meats, cold cuts and even craft beer…. not forgetting, of course, the emblematic specialities of the Champsaur & Valgaudemar valleys and pride and joy of the entire Hautes Alpes department : the tourton (a deep fried pastry square filled with potatoes, cheese and other goodies), the ravioli (a small fried quenelle made with potatoes and fresh mountain cheese), and donkeys ears (no, not real donkey’s ears, a vegetarian dish of spinach leaves harvested when young, fresh and the size of a donkey’s ear !). Each dish has its recipe and each recipe has a story! Sweet tooths will be tempted by the Champsaur tart (thin layer of mountain style short crust pastry covered with local jam), accompanied by an apple, prune or chocolate tourton ! In Ancelle food lovers are well looked after!
Did you know… ?
Did you know that over 600 years ago, the high plateau on which Ancelle sits, used to be a glacial lake? This dominant position favoured the creation of the first ski village in the Champsaur in the 1950s. Over time the locals have developed a real flair for tourism, whilst preserving the authenticity of its various hamlets and traditions.
Must try restaurants for gourmets…
Le Clot du Rocher Restaurant
The owner, Patrick Ligozat, named his restaurant after the mountain where chamois come to graze in the spring, situated between l’Aiguille and le Piolit summits. Patrick is a butcher and caterer by trade and, as well as making all his own charcuterie, cooks with local products using traditional tools and methods. Imagine earthenware and cast iron pots cooking and bubbling away in wood fired stoves. With generous helpings and the flavours of yesteryear, discover the taste of mutton, roe deer or wild boar ham like never before, Chez Ligo !
Les Autanes – Hotel Spa Restaurant
A true local institution, this family restaurant has been delighting gourmets for more than 70 years. Master chef, Laurent Roca offers a creative menu based on local products and a signature dish to tease your palate… the traditional tourton revisited with a twist of truffles! The chef’s personal touch permeates traditional fondues with porcini mushrooms, morels, wine…. all to be savoured on the terrace with views of the Autanes mountains , or in the beautiful vaulted 18th century restaurant – the old stables of this once village farmhouse.