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The best of freeriding in La Grave & Serre Chevalier

6 days from 995 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France and Italie Montagne Maximum altitude 3600 m Skill level : 3 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Summary

Let’s get something straight: if you’re into freeride ski and you’ve never been to La Grave then you’ve really missed out.

Luckily we’re here to put that right. Made in the Hautes-Alpes, La Grave is the only place entirely dedicated to off-piste skiing in Europe. Skiers from across the four corners of the globe come to experience every year an absolutely magnificent ski area in an outstanding setting. Everyday we set off and get you to explore our secret garden. A little further afield is the Queyras, a powder barn when heavy snow falls come from the East. And if snow comes from the West, then Puy Saint Vincent (or PSV among us) is the place to go. If it it hasn't snowed for two days ? No worries, Serre Chevalier is just around the corner, for classic runs but also great powder runs.

From our comfortable base camp, just a stone’s throw from La Grave, we travel around and about for 6 days long to simply ski the best places in the area. Our guide knows the area off hand and in the evening around a cold drink and a nice salty peanuts, we decide where to make a hold up the next day. The programme is extremely flex so we can make the most of it. But that’s not all, one of the great things here is the weather: we get heaps of sun and heaps of snow. So come with us, ski in the stunning forest and make the most of freeride skiing whilst making new friends!

Mates, family or colleagues ? You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends at your convenience ? No problem, just contact us and we'll adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are all tailor made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

Pros

- Discover great new free riding areas

- Extremely flexible programme with secret places

- Comfortable welcoming accomodation

- The ultimate freeride itineraries off the beaten track

- Easy access: Paris - Milano TGV to Oulx (Cesana) where we pick you up with our minibus

No worries: our minibus is used to get around and about; if you've rented gear it'll be delivered upon your arrival

No booking fees

Friends, family or just colleagues at work ?

You wish to customize one of our trips, among friends and at your own convenience ? No problem, contact us so we can adapt a trip to suit you, right down to the last detail ! Our trips are tailor-made so giving you what you want is as easy as 123.

  • Price (VAT inc)
  • 1245€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 1195€ per participant
  • 995€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Warm up in Sestrière

Get together at Briançon or Oulx-Cesana (Italy) train station. Meet up with the guide and the adventure starts. To find our feet on the first day we’ve chosen to ski itineraries at Sestrière so the guide can evaluate participants' level and go over the use of security equipment and skins for those who've never used them before. Transfer to our accomodation at the end of the day.

Meals included: dinner 

Accomodation included: hotel 

 

Day 2 - Serre Chevalier

Freeride skiing options are limitless at this immense ski area, there's something for everyone: forests, big couloir slopes, you can ski here until you're fed up ! At the end of the day we can chill out at the Grands Bains of Le Monêtier and relax after a hard day’s skiing ! 

Meals included: breakfast and dinner 

Accomodation included: hotel 

 

Day 3 - Queyras 

Today we head off for some great freeride skiing in the Queyras. Beware of Abriès, Ceillac and Molines: when it's snows here it's worse than in Japan, we take our fat skis and our snorkel to go skiing in Pillow's paradise.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Accomodation included: hotel 

 

Day 4 - Puy Saint Vincent/Pelvoux.

This is easy to find: we go there nearly every lunch break, there's always some slope to trace down, some forest or area to run, it's our favorite place on a white day.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner 

Accomodation included: hotel 

 

Day 5 - La Grave

Legendary skiing awaits us off-piste on the glaciers and down the couloirs of La Grave - La Meije, be prepared for major itineraries and great skiing.

Meals included: breakfast and dinner 

Accomodation included: hotel 

 

Day 6 - Montgenèvre

An average size ski area on the Italian border that offers memorable off-piste itineraries. We'll go to our favorite place for lunch. At the end of the afternoon, we bring you back to Oulx and Briançon. End of this freeride skiing trip.

Meal included: breakfast

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a freeride ski trip in La Grave and the best ski areas in the Oisans and Briançon areas. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants' abilities. We kindly ask you to respect such decision. We may also change accomodation, maintaining identical standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

In case practices and customs defined by the local guide authorities change, estimating the reasonable number of clients per guide, for safety reasons, Azimut respects these, even last minute, decisions. Such cases are rare and mostly related to exceptional conditions in the mountains. Therefore some compensation may be requested from your side due to less participants per guide.

 

 

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

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  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

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Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival. 

We always do our best, but cannot guarantee the exact time of arrival at the train station (due to traffic or weather conditions). Therefore we strongly advise you to buy train tickets that can easily be modified. If you're travelling by car, we'll meet you at the arrival point, or at one of the drop of points where you'll be able to leave your car for the entire trip.

The last day, we try to get back to Oulx by 5 pm, but we cannot guarantee this.

 

Getting there

Train& TGV access: www.voyages-sncf.com 

Car access: www.mappy.fr 

Car sharing: www.blablacar.fr

 

Parking

Free public parking can be found in Briançon and Oulx (both unattended) or just in front of our accomodation.

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Only skiers, sorry no splitboard accepted

Guides and staff

AZIMUT certified mountain guide

How technical does it get ? How fit should I be ?

Skill level 

You should be at ease with skiing on all types of snow. We ski at a good pace all day long. Beware slopes may include short steep sections. Skinning involved will be no more than 45 min to 1 hr per day. We do not expect you to master ski touring techniques. 

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, skinning or short ascents on foot will not exceed 45 min/day. You should be prepared to ski all day long at a good pace.

 

« Good to know: If you haven't got the level required, the guide will be able to ask you to leave for the well-being of the rest of the group. If any doubt, please do not hesitate to ask us! » 

 

Daypack

Bring a small day pack large enough to carry your personal belongings for the day such as extra layers, goggles, your picnic, a few snacks and security equipment.

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary maybe modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price.  They are at your own expense and are to be purchased on site in order to allow for flexibility. Hence in case of bad weather or snow conditions, we can easilier transfer to another spot and do our utmost to find the best conditions. Your guide will advise you on the type of ski lift pass to purchase (6 days of less).

You should budget approx € 200 for a 6 day ski lift pass.

 

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival

- Minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- 5 nights in a hotel on half-board basis

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services for 6 days (all his expenses are included: meals, accomodation, transportation, ski lift fares)

- Safety & rescue equipment sets are provided (tracking device, shovel and probe), if you don't have your own gear

- Harness for glacier use

- Extra fees for Xmas & New-Year

 

The price does not include

- Transportation to/from the meeting point 

- Ski lift fares

- Gear rental if required

- Personal insurance

- Drinks (including those with meals at the hotel), personal extras, and any other expenses not mentioned under the above section “the price includes”

Payment

A 30% deposit, as well as the insurance cost if you choose to subscribe the latter, is required to secure your booking. You will receive a reminder email 35 days prior to departure for the outstanding balance due latest 30 days prior to departure. 

Insurance

We strongly recommend you to be properly insured for the chosen activity. You should be covered for medical expenses, personal accident & liabilité, third party risks and rescue (helicopter), as well as trip cancellation or curtailment.

Repatriation and research insurance are mandatory when booking a trip with Azimut. We have a full range of Europ Assistance insurances on offer to suit the trip you select and the risks that it may incur. 

Tipping

Tipping is no obligation. However participants often hand round an envelope for those who wish to tip the guide.

Getting around

Azimut's minibus is used throughout the whole trip. Not only does this make the trip easier, but it also makes it more pleasant and open: we can chat, sleep and listen to our own music !

Accommodation & meals

Hotels and meals during the trip

- Depending on the size of group, you may share a room with someone of the opposite sex

- Half board in a 3 star hotel, double room to share, private bathroom and toilets, bed sheets and towels supplied. Depending on the group size, we may use triple rooms.

- Single supplement: € 220 per person if available

- Breakfast are open, participants are free to choose where they wish to have breakfast. Food is one the highlights of ski trips in Italy and we know all the good trattorias and other small hideouts... Just trust us !

- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Mulebar, tasty and great quality cereal bars

 

Accomodation before & after ski touring trips

Once we've received your booking, we'll provide you with a list of accomodation in case you need to book a night before or after the trip. All accomodation listed is close to the meeting points. You may often benefit from preferential rates.

Telephone and Wifi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (his phone number will be provided before departure) or contact Azimut on: (+ 33) 04 92 23 07 24.

Please inform your friends and family with these details before departure.

Wifi is available at the hotel.

Good mobile & 4G coverage.

Equipment

Make sure you wear bright colours, it's good for the soul and gives photos a funky edge !

 

Technical equipment (all in excellent condition)

- Freeride skis (or freeride rando skis) with touring bindings

- Ski skins and ski crampons (aka "couteaux")

- Poles

- Ski boots: opt for ski touring boots or freeride boots with good ankle flex and a better range of movement. Regular alpine ski boots will also do the job as climbs are relatively short.

- Avalanche safety kit: transceiver, shovel and probe (please let us know if you have your own, if not we lend them free of charge)

- Harness for glacier terrain (if you don't have one, you can borrow one)

- Daypack: capacity of 30 liters

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are strongly recommended for you safety and security.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides use airbags. We highly recommend you to opt for high quality and reliable gear. If you don't have an avalanche airbag we rent them out at a very competitive price.

If you don't have the adequate equipment for the trip, don’t worry and travel light: we rent out the required gear and hand it over at the start of the trip ! Our equipment is relatively new (less than 3 year old) if not brand new, of good quality, adapted to your choice of activity and from the best brands (Black Crows, Fritschi, Arva, Haglöfs, Anena, Glisshop, Scott).

Prices of rental equipment during the entire trip (these competitive prices only take into account the number of days of the trip):

Full Pack (ski, boots, skins, ski-crampons, poles) 235 €
Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons)  195 €
Ski Boots 75 €
Airbag Backpack 120 €
Helmet 60 €

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment you’ve chosen is out of stock you’ll be notified and reimbursed.

 

Clothes

This list of clothes is designed to give you an idea of clothes it may be a good to have with you. By no means do you need to have the latest brands or the latest gear, but if you need to renew your wardrobe, this guide would be a good start.

 

Headwear

- Warm hat or buff/scarf

- Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses: UV factory 4 protective lenses. Photochromic glasses adapt to light intensity and are very useful

- Helmet (highly recommended)

 

Bodywear

- Under layer: breathable long sleeved tops to maintain heat. A tip: merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics. Take this into consideration if you need to update your wardrobe.

- Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks

- Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane. Make sure it's lightweight and compact so it doesn't take up too much space in your backpack

- Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow, recommended on climbs

- Hands: light fleece or soft shell gloves, a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath, warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane. Mittens are always a good idea for really cold days of for those of you who feel the cold !

- Swimming gear: it takes up such little space, it would be a shame not to bring it just in case. Avoid swimming shorts or bermudas, they are not usually allowed.

 

Footwear

- Ski socks: merino wool socks are breathable and have anti-bacterial properties and are less likely to smell as opposed to those made of synthetic materials. Think about them if you need to stock up.

- Slippers recommended for evening wear. Try charentaises they’re really comfortable !

 

Odds & ends

  • a 1 litre flask (Thermos or Camelback)
  • a pocket knife
  • duck tape
  • factor 50 sun cream
  • a duffle bag holding up to 90 litres to leave at the hotel or in the vehicle. No suitcases.

 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

Need to buy some gear ?

If you book a trip with Azimut, you'll get a 10% discount code on your confirmation page that you can use at our friends Glisshop.

Just go straight to glisshop.com ! Established in 1996, our partner stands as a leader for online winter sports equipment. Based in the centre of the volcanoes of Auvergne (France), they help every passionate skier and powder addict to find the gear they need by offering a huge and unique choice of clothing and gear available throughout Europe.

With close to 250 brands and 10 000 items for sale, Glisshop simply is the ideal partner to equip you from head to toe whathever activity may be your preference.

 

 

In partnership with

Our guides use the following brands for their gear and you'll have the opportunity to test them during the trip:

Black Crows

Arva 

Fitschi swiss bindigs 

Haglöfs

Glisshop

Anena

SCOTT

Terres d'Aventure

 

And last but not least...

Don't forget to

- Leave contact details with your friends and family

- Bring your papers and I.D. (passport and visa if necessary)

- Bring your contract number and documents related to your insurance (if you've chosen not to have insure coverage with us)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one for free online  www.ameli.fr

- Check that you have the right equipment

- Take spare batteries and a charger for your electronic devices (camera, video recorder, tracking devices etc)

- Bring some cash and your credit card

- Bring a delicacy from your home country or area to share with the group

- Leave in a good frame of mind: we're going to have a great time even if we may not happen to not make it to the summit !

- Before leaving: water the plants, empty the rubbish bin, turn off water and gas, and tell your partner that you're going to have a good time (please not by text message), that you've well deserved... If you don't follow the latter recommendation, you'll most probably kick yourself when you get back!

 

                            See you on the slopes !

                      Have great runs with AZIMUT !

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