There are not many routes up these small valleys from Bourg d’Arud or Le Plan du Lac, but those described below are really rewarding, with their untamed beauty, secret valleys and lack of skiers. Let's get out there!
SUGGESTIONS FOR SKI-TOURING
> Classic day route :
- Vallon de Lanchâtra, Col des Berches (2936 m) + 1770 m
To get there, you first need to go along a long plateau in the shade, which is a little austere but the reward awaits you: a secret, untamed valley and a col that is not so easy to reach, depending on the conditions, but is of unrivalled beauty.
> Getting supplies: Bars, restaurants and local produce in Venosc. Bar/restaurant in St-Christophe en Oisans
> Accommodation: Hotels, furnished flats and gîtes in Venosc. Gîtes and rooms in St-Christophe en Oisans.
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
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Ski touring from the Plan du Lac
Les Deux Alpes
Depending on snow conditions.
Subject to favorable weather
- Free of charge
From Bourg d'Oisans, join Venosc, pass in front of the cablecar Les 2 Alpes , continue towards Saint Christophe for 5 km until you reach the Plan du Lac gite.