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Discover the Vallons de la Meije and the Couloirs du Lac

Enjoy a day skiing the classic routes of La Grave, with a perfect introduction to skiing couloirs in the Couloirs du Lac

The Vallons de la Meije are the two classic descents of la Grave-la Meije ski resort, providing a perfect opportunity for a first 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 2000 meters (6,400ft) of vertical descent in a wild high mountain environment. It is also possible to take a ski lift 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 and of slightly steep couloirs such as Patou, the Couloir du Lac and Banane which all end up by the Puy Vachier lake. This descent also provides 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?

Intermediate

You occasionally ski in the backcountry. You are comfortable with all snow conditions and steeper slopes don't scare you.


WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS DO I NEED?

Intermediate

You are able to ski multiple complex descents and manage your energy throughout the day and are not afraid to hike up short climbs with skis on your backpack or with skins.


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 people 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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Address

Rn 1091 place du téléphérique,
05320 la grave France

Phone Number

+33 476 799 021