Queyras Ski Touring WeekIf you love ski touring, you have heard about the Queyras!
A remote and genuine mountain range, with a snowy microclimate, that's how the Queyras can be described best. This big mountain area in the Hautes-Alpes region in France has a lot to offer for ski touring, a great variety of landscapes, and guaranteed solitude!
Why the Queyras?
If you're here, it probably means you love ski touring, so it's about time to discover one of the very best playground in the french alps!
The Queyras is mostly known in France among skiers for the intensity of the "retour d'est", a low pressure system coming from the east, and dumping big amounts of snow on the border between France and Italy.
Lots of snow, that sounds good? Add also some of the best larch forest in the alps, few people, genuine villages and a vast choice of altitude slopes, and you have the recipe for a skier's paradise!
During this week, the program will be dynamic, following the conditions (snow and weather), as well as the level and expectations of the participants. Here in Queyras, there's some terrain from the ski touring beginners to the steep slope experts!
See below to get an idea of what's possible.
An exemple of what's possible, depending on snow&weather conditions.
Day 1: Start from Saint Veran, auberge de coste belle +900m
Pic de Château Renard 2989m,night at the Refuge de la Blanche 2499m.
Day 2: Start from Refuge de la Blanche +1000m
We'll ski around the Tête des Toilies via the Col de la Noire and Col Longet.
Day 3: Start from Refuge de la Blanche +1100m
Pic de caramantran 3025m, Couloirs de Chamoussières to Refuge Agnelle, crête de l’Eychassier
Day 4: Start from Refuge d’Agnel 2580m +900m
Brêche de Ruine and down to the Viso Hut
Day 5: Start from the Viso Hut +400m
Col de Sellières (with many extra possibilities around), down to Italy..
Day 6: Start from Refuge Jervis
Col La Croix, down to la Monta. Shuttle to Saint Véran.
Travelling to the Queyras
Le Queyras is a mountain range located south-east of the Ecrins National Park and the city of Briançon.
Despite its remoteness, it's rather easy to reach our meeting point in Saint Véran.
If you drive, Saint Véran is 3.5h from Grenoble, 1.5 from Briançon.
If you prefer the public transportation there are many alternatives that you can check here.
We recommend also the Neige Express, a bus service from some of the main french cities, all the way to the heart of the Queyras!.
Fabien, your guide.
Fabien Suiffet is the one in our team who knows the Queyras best.
Pure product of the Maurienne valley, Fabien is originally from Lanslebourg but is now living in the Hautes-Alpes, very close to the mountains of Queyras where he found something quite similar to home: remote mountains, great forest skiing and intense snowfalls during the Retour d'Est.
Fabien has been skiing intensivley in the Queyras, and has a special knowledge of the range thanks to Perrine, his wife, who has bee a hut keeper in a forbidden spot of the Queyras...
Combined with his natural good mood and his obsession to find good snow, Fabien, aka "Baleine" will give you the best possible time in the mountains he loves.
-6 days skiing with an IFMGA Mountain Guide
-6 night half board lodging in mountain huts
-shuttle back to Saint-Véran
-the first night in Saint Veran
-your travel to Queyras and back
-your personal insurances
Who can participate & How to book?
You don't have to be an expert skier! This ski touring week is perfect as soon as you can ski with ease in any kind of snow. During this haute-route, we'll ski some steeper terrain only if the conditions, the level (and expectations) of the skiers are allowing it.
The terrain in Queyras allows us to be dynamic and propose an itinerary that suits everyone.
Note that you need also to be able to climb 1000m per day.
For more informations and bookings please get in touch.