Equipment Rental, Flights, Accommodation, Guide / Instructor, Meals
This multi-day ski tour will take you to two different refuges, giving you the option to stay in each place for a night or two - so we tour in the optimal conditions.
You will start off with a skills day honing avalanche safety skills and off piste skiing before heading out into the remote Alpine wilderness.
Your guide for the trip is an experienced UIAGM high mountain guide and ski instructor local to the area. He has lots of local knowledge and will make your safety his top priority. S
afety equipment including avalanche safety kit is included but ski touring kit is not included as many people have their own kit. This is possible to hire for a supplement
You will spend the first two nights in Gap and again at the end of your trip on a bed and breakfast basis in a hotel in the heart of the town. (Mon Hotel Gap)
The 2 refuges offer half board accomodation.
Refuge de la Blanche and Refuge d’Agnel are both recently refurbished with large dining areas, dormitories and even showers, flush toilets, running water (a luxury in the winter) and a bar!
Is this tour for me?
Although ski touring experience is not essential for this trip, we do recommend that you have some off piste experience in different snow conditions. It will help you to enjoy the trip more if you have a high level of fitness and are comfortable skiing on piste as well as off piste.
Price (pp): 1460€
Included in your price
3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Gap
4 nights half board accommodation in high mountain refuges
5 picnic lunches
Safety equipment- avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe
Lift pass where scheduled in the itinerary (1 day)
6 days guided ski touring
Local transport - to and from the tours.
1 lunch on first day (either picnic or lunch in resort)
3 evening meals in Gap (choice of restaurants)
Ski touring equipment (you can hire this locally if you don't have your own)
Drinks in refuges
Tips for the guide
Day 1 Arrival
You need to get yourself to the Alpine town of Gap today where you will spend your first night. Gap is a beautiful Alpine town nestled on a large plateau surrounded by mountains and is the capital of this part of the Alps, the Hautes Alpes department.
Day 2 Off Piste Skiing Technique and High Mountain Safety
Full day guided off piste skiing in practising technique and high mountain safety.
Your guide will pick you up from the hotel this morning and go through kit for the week before driving up to a local ski resort for your first day. If you are hiring equipment you will collect this en route.
Day 3 Ski in to Refuge de la Blanche (2499m)
Guided ski tour to the Refuge de la Blanche...your journey has begun!
Day 4 Tour de la Tête des Toillies
Guided ski tour around a spectacular and unmistakable pointy rock face.
Day 5 Col de Chamoussère (2884m) and Refuge d'Agnel (2580m)
Guided ski tour taking in the wild Col de Chamoussière.
You’ll leave the Vallée de la Blanche, with a steady skin up to the Col de Chamoussière. From here there is the possibility to take in the peak Caramantran at 3025m which has a short but interesting ridge climb!
Day 6 Tour du Pain de Sucre
Guided ski tour with beautiful views of the Mont Viso throughout.
Day 7 Le Grand Queyras (3114m)
Guided ski tour to the magnificent Grand Queyras - the grand finale!
For the last day you have several options before heading down. Pic de Foreant or le Grand Queyras are both beautiful tours. By now you will have a good sense of the local conditions and your own ability and you can discuss which option is going to be the best for the 'grand finale' with your guide.
After your peak, you will ski down the valley to a small village, where you can have a drink in a bar and relax after a pretty full on but incredible week! Your guide will then go and pick up the minibus and take you back to your starting point in Gap for a well-deserved shower and night out in town!!
Day 8 - Go home
BY TRAIN / BUS:
This trip starts in Gap which has a local SNCF train station. There are direct train links to Gap from Grenoble TGV station there is also an overnight sleeper train from Paris to Gap.
There is also a regular coach service which operates from Aix-en-Provence TGV directly to Gap.
You can plan your train journey using the Oui SNCF website. This works from all major European cities.
The nearest airpots are Marseille and Grenoble. From Marseille airport there is a regular coach service directly to Gap every two and a half hours. Look at times tables. From Grenoble you would need to get the airport shuttle to the train station and then a train from Grenoble to Gap.
Please ask us about transport options when you enquire as we have become pros on getting people to this beautiful region!
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