Ski touring from Clavans le Haut



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.

About : Ski touring from Clavans le Haut

The village of 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.

> Discovery day routes :
- La Grande Buffe et Croix de Cassini (2164 m and 2373 m) + 980 m
The Croix de Cassini, named after the famous cartographer, joins from Clavans via the Sarenne pass. From here you can take the crest to the summit or descend to the Sarenne bridge and climb the beautiful slope to the Grange Pellorce pass, then the summit. Cleaving with the summit of Grande Buffe in the west.
- 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.
> Classic day route :
- The Col de la Valette (2668 m) + 900 m
Not a lot of elevation but length for this route that goes up peacefully the valley. Small technical passage (depending on snow) at the Ferrand waterfall, then more sustained slope at the end of the route.
> Day route "steep slopes" and "techniques"
- Cimes du Grand Sauvage (3217 m) + 1800 m
The Great Wild is just east of the Etendard. You reach the summit by the south corridor bypassing the Quirlies Lake. It can also be looped through the Quirlies pass and up north facing to ski the southern corridor. Sustained route on ascent and descent.

> 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.

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.

Ski mountaineering and touring involves risks and all skiers are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you follow ANENA guidelines:

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Depending on the snow conditions.


Free of charge.

Location supplement

From Bourg-d'Oisans, follow signs for Briançon and turn left just after the Chambon dam onto the D25. Carry on up to Clavans (car park at the entrance to the village).