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Discover ski touring - La Grave & Serre Chevalier

6 days from 795 € per participant

Guaranteed departure from 5 people

France Montagne Maximum altitude 3600 m Skill level : 1 Montagne Stamina level : 2 Montagne Direct train from Paris

Summary

Want to try ski ? Come and discover our favourite playground for ski touring, the Ecrins, and get dose of physical effort, contemplation and the pleasure of descending in virgin snowfields.

This trip takes place the Italian border and near the stunning Meije. We switch days ski touring near the pass facing the Ecrins glaciers and days with time to train skills in all kinds of snow so you can enjoy uphill  as well as descents.

The unspoilt and unique environment surrouding you, will convince you that ski touring is the way to go in the mountains in winter. A relaxed atmosphere, comfortable and welcoming accomodation make this trip is a unique chance to learn the basics and discover the thrills of ski touring, and enable you to progress.

Pros

- Warm up day at Montgenèvre ski resort, on the France-Italy border

- A trip designed to help you discover ski-touring

- A mountain range that gets lots of sun even in wintertime

- Expert advice from our mountain guide to help your progress quickly

- Possible option to choose a single or double room according to your needs

- Easy TGV access via the Paris-Milano line, to Oulx train station (Cesana), minibus pick up and return transfer

 

- 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)
  • 895€ per participant
  • 895€ per participant
  • 895€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 895€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 895€ per participant
    Guaranteed departure
  • 895€ per participant
  • 895€ per participant
  • 795€ per participant

Day to day

Day 1 - Warm up

Pick up at Briançon train station or Oulx (for those taking the TGV), then we’ll head off in the minibus. Please be wearing your ski outfit when we meet up.

We meet up with our guide and then head off Clavière (Italy) or  Montgenèvre ski station, on the France-Italy border.vIt's the first day, we take it easy and warm up. Distributing the gear may take some time, but don't worry, we'll easily make up for it, today and on the other days. We ski on and off-piste, to get back into it. This day will also enable to guide to assess everyone's level, to revise or learn safety techniques, to do some climbing with skins so you'll see what it's all about. No stress, we're just getting to know each other. At the end of the day we head for our gîte in the valley, we head to Villar d'Arêne and La Grave two small villages nestled underneath the glaciers of the Haute Romanche.

Ascent/descent: + 50 m/- 1500 m

Meals included: picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte 

 

Day 2 - In front of the Meije

We head for the Signal de La Grave (2446 m) from Ventelon. The panorama of the North face of the Meije, the glaciers and La Grave's freeride resort is breathtaking. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 850 m

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte 

 

Day 3Aiguillette du Lauzet

We have a short transfer to get the Pont de L’Alpe on the other side of the Lautaret pass. Today we head for the Tour de l'Aiguillette du Lauzet. If everybody’s in, we’ll head to the Bains du Monêtier (swimming baths, hot springs and spa) that are just a stone’s throw away, to chill out after a hard day’s skiing. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 800 m

Meals included: Breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte 

 

Day 4 - La Grave

We head off to the famous cable cars at La Grave. Today  is off piste skiing in all different types of snow and possibly glacier skiing if weather permits. La Grave is a world famous off-piste mecca. We take you on some of the "must be done" itineraries. If the cable cars are closed as they often are before Christmas, then we go skiing at some neighbouring ski resort. 

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte  

 

Day 5 -  Col d'Arsine

We head off to the quaint village called Le Casset, nestled at the foot of the Casset Glacier. We hit up a steady slope through the forest that leads up to the Casset Glacier and the legendary Davin gully. Once we quit the forest, a stunning landscape surrounded by peaks and glaciers emerges. We then head towards the Col d'Arsine (2340 m) that stands in the middle of a mountain range that may remind you of the Himalayas. We have an easy going descent, just to have fun. 

Ascent/descent: +/- 800 m

Meals included: breakfast, picnic and dinner

Accomodation included: gîte   

 

Day 6Col de Laurichard

A short transfer takes us up to the Lautaret pass. A nice outing takes us up to the Laurichard pass where we can admire the fantastic panorama over the Grand Galivier. We split up in the afternoon either in Oulx or in Briançon. 

Ascent/descent: + 700 m/- 900 m

Meals included: breakfast and picnic

 

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring course in the Ecrins and La Grave. 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. Ski touring may take place in France and Italy. We may also change accomodation, maintaining the same standards, according to logistics and availabilities.

Meeting and leaving

Meeting points

  • Briançon in front of the Train Station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 8.30 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon
  • Oulx-Cesana (IT) - TGV train station

    See on the map

    Meeting time: 9.15 am
    Leaving time: in the afternoon

Get together - practical information

Please be wearing your ski outfit upon arrival.

We always do our best, but we can't 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 make it 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.

 

 

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

Skill level 

The slopes may have some short steep passages. You should be at ease with ski touring techniques and skiing on all types of snow. We may also ski on glacier terrain. You should master uphill kick turns without hesitation.

 

Stamina level

Good physical condition is required, some uphill sections may have to be done on foot. Ascents and descents vary from 800 to 1000 metres per day. Depending on the chosen itinerary, there may be two outings per day. If you're eager you can continue skiing, if you're tired you can rest and relax.

 

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!

Group size

5 to 8 participants

Guiding

AZIMUT certified mountain guide

Daypack

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

Ski lifts

Considering the itinerary may be modified due to mountain and snow conditions, ski lift fares are not included in the price. The definite day to day itinerary will depend on local conditions. For this trip you should budget approx  € .... for ski lift fares.

Pricing

The price includes

- Trip arrangements & organisation upon arrival

- All minibus transfers upon arrival at one of the indicated meeting points

- 5 nights accomodation on half-board basis and picnics for 6 days

- Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing

- Certified and expert mountain guide services (including all his expenses: 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 usually 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 gite, shared showers and toilets. Bed sheets, linnen and towels supplied.

- Hotel room option with private bathroom and toilets: subject to availability. Single supplement: € 140 per person, double room supplement: € 120 per person 

- Breakfast, lunch and dinner: we have breakfasts and dinners at the gite, and provide picnics for lunch. Picnics consist of good quality products including charcuterie, cheese, bread, a chocolate bar and a piece of fruit or a compote

- Snacks: to boost your energy we've chosen to provide Clif bars, 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.

Phone & WiFi

In case of emergency or delay, you can either contact your guide (a 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 free of charge in our accomodation.

Good mobile & 4G coverage.

 

 

Equipment - clothing & gear

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

 

Ski gear (all in excellent condition)

- Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings. We recommend freeride type skis so you can enjoy skiing powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow

- Ski skins 

- Ski crampons (i.e. "couteaux")

- Ski poles

- Ski touring boots 

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

- 35 litre backpack

Security advice: avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended.

They help to stay on the surface in case of avalanche and minimize the risk of burial. Our guides use them and 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) 215 €
Skis (skis, skins, poles, ski-crampons)  175 €
Ski Boots 68 €
Airbag Backpack 120 €
Helmet 30 €

You can choose to rent equipment when booking your trip, or lateron by clicking on “my account”. If any of the equipment that 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 fabrics. 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 a vehicle. No suitcases.

 

 

Toiletries and first aid kit

- Personal toilet bag

To make your a first aid kit, please find all information on Ifremont's website. 

Need new 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 through Azimut)

- Bring your “carte vitale” and your European health card (EU member states) - if you don't have one you can order one free of charge 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 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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