The Free Ride Mecca of the Southern Alps
Every experience in La Grave is unique. The atmosphere, the iconic téléphérique and the extraordinary terrain. High mountain bowls and long couloirs taking the full 2000m height difference in a single run.
Advanced skier or novice, to get the best day out in La Grave you should ski with a local, expert mountain guide. With no marked pistes and serious terrain straight out of the lift, it's easy to feel out of your depth without an expert to show you the way.
Depending on your skiing ability and the conditions on the day, you can ski a selection of the exceptional descents on offer. Runs such as Chirouze and La Voute in north face descend to the road and take more than a 2000m drop. Some routes require an abseil, as always, your guide will make sure you have the correct equipment and will deploy the rope as needed.
The south face of the domain, which overlooks the Selle valley, offers mind-blowing descents in spring snow and an alpine adventure that ends in the village of Saint Christophe en Oisans.
To really experience the best La Grave has to offer, you should have a reasonable level of off piste skiing experience. The more advanced your skiing level, the more options your guide can offer! So grab your skis and explore one of the most authentic off-piste, high mountain ski destinations on the planet.
France - La Grave
January, February, March, April, December
Off piste Level 1 - Discovery
Competent to ski on all pistes
Be capable of physical effort for 3 to 5 hours
Ski with a 3 to 6 kg backpack
Your day will start with a brief meeting with your guide at the Castillan bar, opposite the telepherique. This will provide the opportunity to discuss plans, the weather and snow conditions as well as answer any last minute questions.
Your guide will provide you with the essential safety equipment to practice off-piste skiing in La Grave; DVA, shovel, probe and a harness.
At 9:00 am the lift opens and you will get your first glimpse of the magnificent terrain! Once at the top, your guide will perform a tranceiver test. Then you are good to go!
There will be several choices for lunch, two on the mountain; restaurant 3200m, or the Chancel refuge at 2508m. There are also a number of excellent choices in the village of La Grave.
At the end of the day your guide will collect all of the equipment. A debriefing of the day over a drink is possible and perhaps consider other adventures.
- A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
- Mandatory off-piste safety equipment (shovel, tranceiver, probe)
- Mountain rescue radio
- Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety
- Ski equipment rental (shoes, poles, skis, ...)
- The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
- Ski passes
- Personal insurance covering the activity
- All that is not included in "the price includes".
- Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.
All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world