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la Grave Backcountry Skiing

La Grave Backcountry Skiing weeks are exciting guided ski holidays with the focus on skiing the best terrain and best snow further away from the pistes. Every day we will be exploring a new area to find the best snow and best descents. Some descents will be lift served off piste and some we will be boot-packing or skinning to get to.

As the week progresses you will pick up the essentials of backcountry skiing . These skills include avalanche awareness, skinning, boot packing, glacier skiing and decision making. As conditions permit we can cover crampon/ice axe skills and crevasse rescue.


Who is it for?

You should be an Advanced off-piste skier to get the most from these holidays.

You can expect to be skiing from first lift each day. Most days you can expect to do some uphill work (up to 2 hours) to get to the descents. If this all sounds like hard work, don't worry! It's your holiday and the pace is up to you - but a sniff of fresh powder and it's often "maybe just one more run..."!


About la Grave

La Grave is a mecca for steep and adventurous backcountry skiing with its famous single lift and virtually no grooming. It is the wild west of ski areas and will suit advanced or expert off-piste skiers looking to explore one of the world's wildest ski terrains.


We stay at the Hotel Serac, a 12 minute walk to the telepheric. The rooms are clean and simple with ensuite bath or shower. The food is filling and wholesome and there is a relaxing apres ski atsmosphere.

Typical Itinerary

Saturday: Arrive in la Grave and settle in to the lodge. We meet in the evening to go over the plan for the week.

Sunday - Thursday: Exploring the whole of the la Grave area, following the best conditions. This may mean visiting nearby ski resorts such as Serre Chevalier or ski touring from col du Lauteret, for example.

Friday: Unguided day in La Grave

Saturday: Departure



On some days we may arrange local transport to take us out of la Grave to neighbouring resorts such as Serre Chevalier or perhaps to ski tour at the col du Lauteret (for example)


Further Information

Download the Info Pack for more information and please get in touch with any questions.

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Course Detail
Price: £1395
Approx: €1,914.48 / $2,146.98
Ability level: Advanced
I can link, without traversing, at least 10-15 short or long radius turns off piste in any kind of snow. I have good control and choose where to turn most of the time. The thought of fresh powder excites me and I enjoy the challenge of difficult snow. I can sideslip forwards and backwards, sidestep up and down, and can ski 35-40 degree slopes. I ski off piste whenever I can and enjoy skiing far from the lifts/pistes.
Fitness Level: B
I can ski all day with only short breaks and can hike up to 2 hours a day (600m of uphill) at a reasonable pace. I exercise at least twice a week if not more for minimum one hour. I will run, cycle, swim and enjoy regular cardio. I am happy to suffer for a little while, so that i can enjoy a few well earned beers after!
Guiding ratio: 1:6
What's included:
  • in resort transport
  • chalet accommodation (half board)
  • guides fees and expenses
What's not included:
  • uplifts
  • equipment rental
  • travel insurance
  • lunches/snacks when in the mountains
  • travel to/from course base
Course Dates
Starting 24th Jan 2016 Enquire about this course
Starting 06th Mar 2016 Enquire about this course

Lori did a great job finding us good snow and some really good skiing, particularly the couloir La Rama. I felt very comfortable skiing with him and wouldn't hesitate to ski or climb with him again in the future.
Mike Hewison
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