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Getting There & Away

Getting to the valley by public transport involves a combination approach: an SNCF train from Nice or Digne-les-Bains to Thorame, from where Haut Verdon Voyages (www.haut-verdon-voyages.fr) buses travel onwards to Colmar-les-Alpes and Allos (four daily, 50 minutes from Thorame). The combined return fare from Digne is €25, or €39 from Nice.

It's easier to arrive in ski season; LER (www.info-ler.fr) runs navettes blanches (ski shuttles) from the TGV station in Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles' train station direct to the Val d'Allos.