La Grave is the largest off-piste skiing area in Europe. And it's only a short step from off-piste skiing to ski-touring… or rather several hundred metres of height gain. The internationally renowned cable car whisks you right up high in the mountains, saving you a long walk-in depending on the season, and giving you immediate access to large numbers of tours and raids…it’s the place to be!
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING from LA GRAVE
> Discovery day route :
- Les Terrasses (1782 m) + 310 m
When the valley is filled with snow, climbing up to the village of Les Terrasses is one of those wonderful moments you only get in the mountains. The view is spectacular and the climb is steady. Once in the village, take time to admire the lovely little streets and architectural detail. The descent is a gem of lovely curves under the royal eye of the Meije.
- Col des Plagnes (2106 m) + 545 m
- Le Paquier (1837 m) + 400 m
- Refuge de l’Aigle par le glacier du Tabuchet (3441 m) + 1890 m
- Tour des Enfetchores (2989 m) + 550 m
- Pan de Rideau (3406 m) + 200 m
WITH A NIGHT IN A HUT
> Le Tour du Râteau
- Day 1 : + 1270 m
Gare des Ruillans (3200 m) > Vallon de la Selle via le Dôme de la Lauze (3535 m) > Brèche du Râteau (3232 m) > Vallon des Étançons > Refuge du Promontoire (3092 m).
- Day 2 : + 265 m
Brèche de la Meije (3357 m) > Les Enfetchores > La Grave (1400 m).
> Getting supplies: Grocer's, bars and restaurants in La Grave.
> Accommodation: Gîtes, B&Bs and hotels.
LA GRAVE SECTOR
Located at an altitude of 1500 m, La Grave, located at the foot of the Meije, has crossed the ages preserving its beauty. The village has justifiably been awarded the much coveted label as one of the "most beautiful villages in France". The surrounding scenery is euphoric. You raise your head and a myriad of shining glaciers and jagged peaks reach out to you.
For us ski-tourers, La Grave is a fabulous start point thanks to the Meije cable car that enables you to considerably reduce the walking times to routes each more magical than the last. With many summits of between 3000 and nearly 4000 m, this is of course high-Alpine territory. La Grave is our Chamonix… without the crowds!
Depending on snow conditions.
Free of charge.
Drive to La Grave and depending on the chosen route, park either at the cable car or the Arboretum (on the way out of La Grave, turn to the right and follow the road down).
Office du Tourisme de la Grave la Meije Villar d'Arène
05320 La Grave