Tour of La Meije

Stunning skiing from La Grave

La Meije is the 3982m mountain forming the dramatic backdrop to the village of La Grave. On the edge of the Ecrins National Park in the French Alps, this is one of the biggest off piste skiing sites in Europe. The region is characterised by rocky peaks, steep sided narrow valleys and huge areas of glacier. There are gaping crevasses, steep descents, long climbs, narrow passages and good snow until the end of May. While La Grave is well known for its off piste skiing few people go beyond the itineraries accessible with the cable car. Our ski tour takes you from here in a circular traverse of the area, spending six nights in the region's guarded refuges.

¤ Start and finish in La Grave
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Superb mountaineering peaks with steep technical climbs
¤ Really test your skills

Dates:
Grade: D3:A3:F3
Price: 1350€pp which includes all accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, picnic lunches, transfer from Geneva and return.
Extras: Lift passes, hire gear.
Contact: Sian

Itinerary

Girose glacierDay One:  Collection from Geneva airport and taxi to La Grave for our first night in a hotel. Meet with your guide to discuss the week ahead and check equipment.

Day Two: We take the first possible cable car out of La Grave up to the Girose Glacier and the Col de la Lauze. From the pass we ski down a steep couloir into the Ecrins National Park and the Selle Refuge. During the afternoon we practice crevasse and avalanche rescue. About 100m descent.

Refuge du PromontoireDay Three: Leaving the refuge we head towards the Promontoire Refuge (3082m) on the south side of La Meije. Our route takes us first across the Glacier de la Selle to the Breche de Rateau. From the breche we make a steep descent to the Torrent des Etancons before skinning up to the Promontoire. Great views of La Meije from the Refuge.

Day Four: Today is the most difficult and technically demanding day of the tour. We first cross to the Breche de la Meije (3357m) and then plot a complicated route through some of the most heavily crevassed glaciers. We continue, sometimes on skis, sometimes on crampons, to the Passage de Serret du Savon. Keeping the same altitude we traverse to the Refuge de l'Aigle (3450m) where were spend our fourth night. This is one of the most spectacular refuges in the Alps.

Glacier-de-l-hommeDay Five: Yesterday there was almost no downhill skiing but today is another story. We start with one of the classic ski descents in the Ecrins - all 2200m from the refuge to the valley floor down the steep Glacier de l'Homme to the Refuge de l'Alpe de Villar-d'Arene (2077m).

Day Six: Today we tackle another long climb, this time heading to the Col de Casse Deserte (3483m). We then tackle the steep descent to Refuge Chatelleret, at the foot of the south face of La Meije.

Refuge Adele PlanchardDay Seven: On our last day we climb from the refuge to Col de Replat (3340m). For the last few meters there is a chain to help us! On our descent we cross the second day's itinerary as we head towards Col de la Girose before our descent of 2000m down to La Grave. What a finish!

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