The Ferrand valley is a "good plan" for ski touring : we have access to the plateau d'Emparis as well to the Grandes Rousses massif. Ski-tourers are guaranteed a good day out in the Ferrand Valley.
The village of Besse is a lovely starting point, not only on account of its picturesque, snowy lanes, but also its geographic position, offering a host of possibilities around the village.
Clavans le Haut: situated at the end of the road that goes up the Ferrand Valley and named after the latin “ferus” meaning wild. If you follow this valley long enough, you'll end up in Maurienne or in the foothills of the Grandes Rousses.
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING on the PLATEAU D'EMPARIS
> Discovery day route :
- La Quarlie (2314 m) + 800 m
Easy ski-touring starting at the village. A lovely climb up the south-west face via the Bonnefin oratory. Take care however because these are all grassy slopes and can be prone to avalanches.
- Col de Sarenne (1999 m) + 600 m
A discovery route up to the Col de Sarenne. You can follow the summer road or else climb up the east-facing slopes to the Col.
- Col St Georges (2247 m) + 700 m
- La Grande Buffe (2164 m) et Croix de Cassini (2373 m) + 980 m
- Le Col de la Valette (2668 m) + 900 m
- Tête du Vallon (2582 m) + 1150 m
- Cimes du Grand Sauvage (3217 m) + 1800 m
> Getting supplies: Besse and Mizöen: Grocer's, bar and restaurants. Auberge in Clavans le Haut.
> Accommodation: Besse et Mizoën: hotels and gîtes.
Clavans: auberge, B&Bs and gîtes.
PLATEAU D'EMPARIS SECTOR
This small part of Les Grandes Rousses is one of the "great" for ski touring discovery. Around le Signal de l'Homme, le col de Sarenne or on le plateau d'Emparis : sun, panorama and gentle slopes. A big resort, a more intimate one or a mountain village: as many possible points of departure;
Le plateau d’Emparis : resembling Arctic tundra and located between the Grandes Rousses and the Ecrins, this plateau is a unique place in Oisans and even in Europe, since it is home to a number of outstanding wet zones. The peat bogs form a contrast to the minerality of Oisans and are included in the Natura 2000 biodiversity preservation network. The view of the Meije and the Râteau from the Col du Souchet is breathtaking and perhaps one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the Alps. As there are few access routes from either side, the sector remains magnificently untamed and little visited.
Depending on the snow conditions.
Free of charge.
From Bourg-d'Oisans, follow signs for Briançon and turn left just after the Chambon dam onto the D25. After 3.5 km, turn right to Besse-en-Oisans (car park on the far side of the village) or carry on up to Clavans (car park at the entrance to the village).
Office du tourisme Intercommunal de la Vallée du Ferrand