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Discover the Vallons de la Meije

The two classic routes of La Grave, the Chancel and the Vallon, both incredible off-piste descents in a wild high mountain environment

The Vallons de la Meije are the two classic descents of the la Grave-la Meije ski resort, providing a perfect opportunity for a discovery of this legendary place, as well as a good initiation to off-piste skiing. La Grave is indeed a paradise for freeride lovers: a lift will take you to an elevation of 3200m (10,500ft) and from there, you can enjoy more than 2000m (6,400ft) of vertical descent in a wild high mountain environment. It is also possible to take a ski lift up to the Dôme de la Lauze at 3568m (11,400ft). The highest point of la Grave-la Meije allows you to discover on skis the Girose glacier, one of the largest existing glaciers in the French Alps. The upper part of the glacier offers gentle slopes which are pleasant to ride, with stunning views of la Meije, the Grandes Rousses massif and Mont Blanc in the background. You will not find any marked or secured slopes in la Grave, instead you will ski untracked snow under your own responsibility. From the top of the lift at the Gare des Ruillans, you have the choice between the Vallons de la Meije and the Vallons de Chancel. If you choose the first itinerary, you will ski below the Meije and Râteau glaciers in a stunning environment of seracs and rocky bars. Should you pick the second option, it is a mix of more gentle open slopes, also providing the opportunity to take a break at the Chancel moutain hut (2508m / 8000ft), ideally located on an outcrop offering jaw-dropping views. Both itineraries reach the intermediary station of the Peyrou d'Amont (2400m / 7700ft) and from there, you can ski down to the village of La Grave among a vast forest of larch trees, choosing between different options.

HOW DIFFICULT WILL THE TRIP BE?

Beginner

You are comfortable skiing on groomed trails and sometimes on the outer edges of the trail. You are able to turn at any time and are in control of your speed.


WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS DO I NEED?

Beginner

You are able to ski an entire day on irregular snow.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON EACH DAY?

Day 1
That day, your meeting time is at 8:45am at the guide office.
You'll meet your guide and he will lend you the security gear (tranceiver, shovel, probe)
Don't forget your back pack (30L)
Your outing will be from 9am to 4pm.
The program of the day depends on the snow conditions, weather forecast, your level, and your desires.
You can eat lunch in one of the 2 restaurants on the ski slopes (you will also pay the lunch for the guide).
98.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 8

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Price per person for a collective outing

370.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 4

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Group of 1 to 4 persons for a private outing

405.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 6

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Group of 5 to 6 people for a private outing

434.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 8

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Group of 7 to 8 people for a private outing

INCLUDED

Outing with a certified mountain guide or instructor

Professional Civil Liability Insurance

Transceiver, shovel, probe, harness

NOT INCLUDED

Lift Pass (possibility to purchase at the Guide Office in the morning)

Personal Accident Insurance

Appropriate clothing for your activity (long-johns, fleece/softshell jacket, down jacket, gore-tex jacket, ski pants, ski socks, warm hat, warm gloves, thin gloves)

Ski goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen

Water Bottle or thermos, food and snacks

Skis, boots, poles (material designed for the terrain and the sport - freeride/ski touring/etc)

helmet

Avalanche airbag backpack

backpack that can fit your shovel and probe INSIDE the pack (around 35L)

Meal costs for clients and guide

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Contact Us

Address

Rn 1091 place du téléphérique,
05320 la grave France

Phone Number

+33 476 799 021