Queyras Ski Tour
This ski tour offers fantastic descents each day as we journey around the Queyras National Park.
It is designed for those off-piste skiers keen to explore a less frequented area away from the crowds, but who are also looking for a great off-piste descent each day, to reward their uphill toils.
The Queyras mountains are south of the Ecrins and border onto Italy. It is one of the more forgotten corners of the alps and its natural topography offers great non-glaciated touring suitable for earlier in the season. Most nights we stay in a hotel or gite in authentic mountain villages and we spend one night in a mountain refuge. This allows a degree of comfort in the evenings and lighter packs during the day.
We have chosen our itinerary to take in some great views and to experience as much of the Queyras as we can in a week.
Who is it for?
This is for Intermediate off-piste skiers to Advanced off-piste skiers, who have some previous day-touring experience. It is a great trip to gain experience for tours such as the Haute Route, but more importantly a great balance between adventure, hardwork and excellent skiing in a beautiful area.
Our Backcountry Skiing course are excellent preparation for this trip.
Saturday: Arrive Guillestre and settle into hotel. We meet in the evening to discuss plans for the week.
Sunday: A day warming the legs up with some off-piste skiing in the small resort of Ceillac and practising our touring skills on a short tour. Return to hotel.
Monday: We return to Ceillac to traverse the col des Estronques (2651m) and ski to our comfortable gite in St Veran.
Tuesday: We skin up the Tete de Longet (3146m) and return after 1100m of north facing powder to our Gite in St Veran.
Wednesday: We climb the Pic de Caramantran (3025m) or traverse the col Longet (a different 'longet' to yesturday) before descending to the Refuges Agnel.
Thursday: A shorter day as we traverse the col Vieux and descend to our gite in Ristolas. Conditions allowing we will take in an extra descent en route.
Friday: Either a climb and fantastic north facing descent of Pic Segure (2990m) or a circuit via the Clot Lapiere and Col d'Urine to la Roux, and return to Guillestre by taxi to overnight at the hotel.
This itinerary works well as there are a number of alternatives each step of the way. This means there is a high chance of completing the tour and having great days out even if conditions or weather are unhelpful.
What to expect from mountain huts
They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets or duvets. The huts provide slippers to wear indoors. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
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