Vanoise Ski Tour
This Vanoise ski tour offers fantastic descents each day as we journey through the the Vanoise National Park, starting in Val Thorens and finishing in Champagny-en-Haute.
It is designed for those off-piste skiers keen on an 'A to B' journey away from the crowds, but who are also looking for a great off-piste descent each day, to reward their uphill toils.
This region has a real beauty to it in winter and spring, and really lends itself to ski touring. Situated 'behind' the 3 Vallees resorts and stretching upto Espace Killy, our tour takes in some less frequented gems. Typically we will spend 2-3 days skiing at least partially on a glacier and 2-3 days enjoying lighter packs and traversing peaks with the downhill skiing less encumbered. We spend 2 nights in the Roc de la Peche refuge - one of the most comfortable in the Alps, which has excellent day touring right from its front door.
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.
Our Backcountry Skiing course are excellent preparation for this trip.
Saturday: Arrive Brides les Bains 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 courcheval and practising our touring skills on a short tour. Return to hotel.
Monday: Ski through the lift system to col de Thorens (3095m) and skin for 2 hours to gain the Gebroulaz glacier descent. We ski an epic 1500m run past the Polset-Peclet refuge and on to the Roc de la Peche refuge (2000m).
Tuesday: Light sacks today as we traverse the col Genepi for 1000m+ of great powder skiing. Back to Roc de la Peche.
Wednesday: Traverse the Roc du Blanchon (800m up), for a great ski en route to Pralagnon. We take a ride through the lift system and skin up to the Felix Faure refuge (another 600m up).
Thursday: We climb onto the Vanoise 'ice cap' glacier to ascend the Pt de la Rechasse (3212m) before skiing back to the Felix Faure refuge (2500m).
Friday: We traverse the col de la Vanoise and traverse under the imposing north face of the Grand Casse before skiing down its glacier to pick up the road to Champagny...taxi to Bozel and overnoght 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. If the group and conditions are very good, we have the option of attempting a ski of the Grand Casse...
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!
The Roc de la Peche refuge is different! Sleeping arrangements are more comfortable, it has showers and drinking water on tap. It even has a sauna and jacuzzi (at extra cost) and a reasonable wine cellar! It can be hard to leave...
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