Cerces Southern Alps

Ski through the Nevache and La Clarée Valleys

Cerces Ski Tour

This trip consists of a circuit around Mont Thabor and en route we both climb this famous peak and visit some of the most beautiful skiing country of the Southern Alps including Nevache and the Valley of La Clarée (both are very well preserved). The refuges are comfortable and, all in all, this trip is an ideal experience for those new to ski touring. (Height gain/loss is about 1,000m to 1,200m a day).

¤ Great first or second hut to hut ski tour in the French and Italian Alps
¤ Climb Mont Thabor at 3178m
¤ Great huts, beautiful mountains, no hordes, fewer ski tracks !
¤ An ideal early season tour

Dates:
Grade: D1:A2:F2
Price: 1395€pp which includes all accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, picnic lunches, transfer from Turin and return.
Extras: Lift passes, hire gear (175€ for the week + 70€ for avalanche pack).
Contact: Sian

Itinerary

Day One: We organise train/taxi for the group from Turin to our accommodation in Le Lauzet (1700m), at the foot of the Col du Lautaret. Your guide meets you here for a full briefing for the tour, equipment check, ready for our departure (straight out on skis) the next morning.

Chardonnet RefugeDay Two: From Le Lauzet we climb up a small valley on to some steep slopes heading up to the Col du Chardonnet (2638m) before undertaking the easy ski down to the Chardonnet Refuge (2223m). This is the perfect ‘refreshing day’, practising kick turns and remembering how it all works. The refuge, which really looks like a chalet, dominates the Nevache Valley, just above the limit of the forest.

 

Refuge DrayeresDay Three: Leaving the refuge we ski on down through the forest to the Jadis bridge before a long climb to the peak at Le Rocher de la Grande Tempête (3002). A lovely descent brings us to the Refuges des Drayeres (2180m).

Day Four: Today is long with a traverse across the mountain (about eight hours of undulation) to the Refuge du Mont Thabor. On the way we cross three cols: the Col de Nevache, the Passage du Pic du Thabor (beside the Pic de Terre Rouge, which we can climb to on skis) and the Col du Cheval Blanc, all fairly evenly spaced along the day’s route, before a warm welcome in this modern refuge.

Towards Mt TharborDay Five: The highlight of today, and the week, is the summit of the Mont Thabor (3178m). The day begins with a short descent to the Col de la Vallée Etroite and from there on to the Lac du Peyron. Here we get back on skins to pass through the Col des Meandes and finally up to the summit of the Mount Thabor itself, the highest summit in this region. On the way up we will stop just before the top at the little chapel. Next comes a magnificent run down the south face of the mountain (1400m down in all) back into the forest on a route that leads us  to the Refuge I Re Maggi in the Vallee Etroite (1765m), where we find ourselves in Italy.

Refuge RicouDay Six: Our day begins by returning into the forest before taking a small valley to the south which comes out into the Col du Vallon (2645m). We then carry on to the Lac Blanc before ascending to the Pic de Lac Blanc (2980m) and skiing down the west face to the Refuge Ricou (2115). At this time of the year we should enjoy spring snow and easy conditions.

 

Landscape CercesDay Seven: We head on up to the Vallée de la Clarée before splitting off west and climbing to the Col des Beraudes (2895m). For the last part of this ascent we will strap our skis onto our bags. But this effort is then rewarded with a really excellent descent on the south flank all the way to Le Lauzet.

Day Eight: Taxi-train to return to Turin airport to meet your return flight home.

Reserve your place

To book you can use the on-line booking system below - select 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 at sian.grigg.

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