La Meije ski tour

A 4 day hut to hut ski tour around the mount Meije in the heart of the Ecrins range. Explore the fabulous freeride terrain of La Grave and stay in historical and charming mountain huts. 

Nested at the foot of the Col du Lautaret, in the shadow of the North face of la Meije, La Grave is known to freeriders worldwide as a reference for extreme skiing and remote, wild, backcountry. Made in the mold of it’s untamed surroundings, La Grave has distinguished itself from other ski areas by it’s adherence to simplicity and modesty - offering some of the purest lift access backcountry in the Alps with an unparalleled authenticity. This mountain town is the entryway to a renowned classic of high alpine ski tours; a must for the passionate ski adventurer. Mythic couloirs, bowls, and forests give La Grave it’s reputation. Discover these classic runs the first day, before turning the skis toward la Meije’s untamed mountain kingdom.

Standing almost 4000m tall, the Meije isn’t quite the highest point in the Ecrins range, but it is certainly the most emblematic. The surrounding valleys are wild and the access is difficult- giving a true alpine feel- requiring the use of crampons and ice axes to affront steep terrain. High perched huts, a demanding and technical itinerary, splendid glacier descents and the untouched natural splendor of the Ecrins national park will please lovers of wild ski touring - weaving high altitude randonne skiing and technical alpinism.

Course objectives

A classic tour around a storied summit 1 ski day in La Grave, Freeride Mecca Exceptional setting in the heart of the Écrins national park Big mountain ski touring, sustained slopes, couloirs, glacier terrain and an alpine ambiance Technical sections requiring rope, ice axe and crampons Historical huts with exceptional character 

 

Level requirements

This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to do up to 5 hours skinning with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace. You have to be good and efficient in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees. You have to be skilled using ice axe and crampons and be happy to climb over steep, snowy and rocky terrain. You have to be an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without stopping or losing control over your skis. You have to be confident and safe skiing on slopes of 40 degrees. You have to be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h). Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the ski & fitness levels for this trip, we will be happy to help. 

 

Prices

1750€ per person for a group of 2

1350€ per person for a group of 3

1190€ per person for a group of 4

 

When to go? 

These trips are available from mid March until end of April.

 

Guiding ratio

We accept maximum 4 skiers per guide