The Hautes-Alpes is a department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region which is entirely located in the mountains, making it the first most mountainous department in France. This department was created in 1790 and is surrounded by Savoie, Isère
, Drôme, Vaucluse, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and also borders Italy. The Hautes-Alpes is made up of 3 massifs: the Cerces, the Ecrins and the Queyras. There are also 26 ski areas, which represent a total of 1536 km of slopes. Among the best known are the resorts of Vars, Serre Chevalier and Montgenèvre.
There are 3 natural parks: the regional park of Queras
, the Baronnies provençales and the national park of Ecrins. The Hautes Alpes is a gastronomic department known for its tourtons of Champsaur, the ears of donkey of Vaulgaudemar, the trout of Châteauroux les Alpes, the Seille of Veynes and the desserts with honey. Many activities are practised in the Hautes-Alpes such as snowshoeing, dog sledding, ski joering, microlighting, ice climbing, ice karting or even a visit to a sheep farm. There are many tourist accommodations and restaurants in this department. Two CGH residences with swimming pool & Spa located in the Hautes-Alpes, offer flat rental in the Alps in winter.