Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans is no less than THE village of Gaspard de la Meije, the distinguished conqueror of the Meije. It's also a really pretty village, with a cafe open year round, a mountaineering museum and ski routes that you will remember for years to come. You need to climb up above the village into the Vallon de la Selle (well-known for a descent from Les 2 Alpes) or on the opposite side of the valley, towards the Refuge de l’Alpe du Pin.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING from Les Près ou Les Granges (St-Christophe-en-Oisans)
> Discovery day routes :
- Refuge de l’Alpe du Pin (1805 m) + 530 m
You first need to cross over the beautiful, fast-flowing Vénéon river to climb up the other side of the valley to the mountain hut. Do not forget to pick up the keys first in the cafe in St Christophe. The stop-off in the cafe is worth a trip in itself!
> Classic day routes :
- Refuge de la Selle (2673 m) + 1000 m
It is interesting to climb up to the Refuge de la Selle for the pleasure of sleeping in a mountain hut, watching the sun rise in the morning and preparing other routes. An easy, but long route.
- Couloir du Burlan (3207 m) + 1570 m
WITH A NIGHT IN A HUT
> From refuge de l’Alpe du Pin (1805 m) + 530 m > Tête de Lauranoure (3325 m) + 1420 m
> From refuge de la Selle (2673 m) + 1000 m :
- Brèche du Râteau (3235 m) + 560 m
- Col du Replat (3335 m) + 680 m
- Col et couloir de la Gandolière (3233 m) + 600 m
- Tour de la Meije
> Getting supplies: Bar/restaurant in St-Christophe.
> Accommodation: Gîtes and rooms in St-Christophe.
Once you have entered the Vénéon valley, you will be enchanted for life, as it's a real goldmine for ski-touring. Opportunities appear endless and the beauty of the surrounding scenery often makes skiers stop on their way down to admire the views…
This is the homeland of Père Gaspard, who first climbed the Meije in 1877. The valley can sometimes look harsh, but it has a soft heart that skiers need to take time to discover.
Once the iconic road to La Bérarde opens up, day-routes spring up all through the valley, with high-altitude routes located at the end of the valley.
There are a plethora of routes starting from mountain huts. To follow are some ideas to get you started, but you'll quickly discover that ski-touring in the Vénéon is like eating peanuts, once you've started you can't stop. So it's up to you to join routes together, work out trips over several days basing yourself at one or more mountain huts. Skis start shivering in delight once you enter Père Gaspard's homeland.
Depending on snow conditions.
Free of charge.
Office de Tourisme St Christophe en Oisans-La Bérarde
38520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde