Vanoise Ski Tour

A ski tour in France's oldest National Park

Grand Casse

This tour is in the heart of the Vanoise National Park (Savoie), the first park created in France in 1963. The park is adjacent to the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park, forming a large area originally dedicated to the protection of the Alpine ibex. The summits are so impressive that in 1859 the Englishman Alpinist William Matthews set off with his brother to summit the Mont Iseran which was shown on some maps as reaching 4400m. Once they arrived at the Col d'Iseran they saw no trace of a peak above! There are however 40 summits above 3200m and we start our circuit on the glaciers of the Vanoise before continuing in the tortured heights behinds Val Thorens. During the week we'll perhaps have a chance to see the ibex in these magnificent surroundings.

¤ Summit the Grande Casse, 3855m.
¤ Spend the week within the Vanoise National Park
¤ Spot the Alpine ibex

Dates: 14-21 April 2018
Grade: D2:A2:F2
Price: 1425€pp includes six days skiing with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide, accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, picnic lunches, transfer from Geneva and return.
Meeting Point: Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
Extras: Lift passes, hire gear.
Contact: Sian

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Geneva Airport to Pralognan. Meet with the guide in our accommodation there for a briefing and discussion of the week's conditions.

W_refuge_col_vanoise-Architecture-energie-500x305Day 2: We depart directly from Pralognan-la-Vanoise and use the lifts to head up to the small Barmettes Refuge at 2000m. From here we climb up to the Refuge du Col de la Vanoise at 2517m, and can then decide to continue on up to the Grande Casse pass at 3091 if conditions are good.

Day 3: We have an alpine start and traverse the Vanoise glacier to the Dome des Nants at 3570m. Its a long distance and then a wonderful descent to the Refuge de l'Arpont at 2310m.

Day 4: A new day and another ascent to the Labby Pass at 3328m. From here we continue to the Refuge de la Dent Parrachée at 2515m. We are now in the Maurienne valley.

W_Refuge Peclet PolsetaDay 5: A short ascent and short descent starts our day and we pass just next to the Refuge du Fond d'Aussois. From here we head up to the Aussois Pass (2916m) and we are then back in the Tarentaise Valley. Depending on how we are feeling we have a couple of different options to reach the Refuge de Péclet Polset at 2450m.

Day 6: We ascend the Dome de Polset (3326m) and descend from there back to the refuge where we collect the things we didn't take with us. We then descend to Refuge du Roc de la Pêche at 1903m.

Day 7: Return to Pralognan via the Vallonnet Pass (2653m). A last north facing descent takes us to the cross country ski pistes from where we can find our way home.

Reserve your place

To book you can use the on-line booking system below - check the start date and the end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can email us directly (sian@pyrenees-mountains.com), ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52 or Skype: sian.grigg.

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