Home Ski touring from Les Granges
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
- Refuge de l’Alpe du Pin (1805 m) + 530 m
WITH A NIGHT IN A HUT
Day 1 : Refuge de l’Alpe du Pin (1805 m) + 530 m
Day 2 : classic route day :
- Tête de Lauranoure (3325 m) + 1420 m
You will first have to cross the beautiful and fiery Vénéon to climb then towards the shelter of Alpe du Pin, after having recovered the keys to the coffee of Saint Christophe. This stop before climbing to the Tête de Lauranoure alone is worth the ski trip.
> 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.
Ski mountaineering and touring involves risks and all skiers are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you follow ANENA guidelines: anena.org
Depending on snow conditions.
Free of charge.
From Bourg d'Oisans, join Saint Christophe en Oisans. Just before the entrance of the village turn right in the hairpin road direction Bernardière, the Granges (parking).
Office de Tourisme St Christophe en Oisans-La Bérarde
38520 Saint-Christophe-en-Oisans - La Bérarde