Great Itineraries La Grave La Meije
The two classic off piste skiing La Grave routes are the Vallons de La Meije and the Vallons de Chancel. These offer a multitude of slopes, small valleys, forests and couloirs. Since 1989, the biggest freeride race in the world has been organized on the first Friday of April: The Derby de La Meije with a vertical drop of 2150 metres. Why does La Grave / La Meije attracts skiers, snowboarders, telemarkers from around the world ? A multitude of itineraries on the north face down to the Romanche river: 2400 metres of vertical drop! Beautiful descents on the south face go to Saint Christophe en Oisans. Incredible lines await you around La Meije. You have many steep slopes and a multitude of couloirs. Safely discover the diversity of this high mountain unmarked terrain with the a Snowlegend La Grave ski guide specialized in freeride. If your off piste itinerary ends on a road, the Snowlegend shuttle allows you to quickly return to the La Grave ski resort and enjoy your freeride day.
Vallons of La Meije
This itinerary follows the different valleys shaped by the moraines of the former Râteau glacier.Beware of avalanches and seracs falling off the Râteau and La Meije glaciers.
This run is not, technically speaking, difficult, but beware of the natural dangers (such as those mentioned above) and(... >>>)
Couloirs Trifides - Vallons de La Meije
Three couloirs "0, 1, 2" around 40/45° below Trifide point. Exposed acces, a rope might be needed depending on conditions.
For info Trifide 3 rarely possible, (jump of 25m and more !)
Vallons of La Meije - Couloir de l’Ours
The Couloir de l’Ours (Bear Couloir) is short but intense. Access is via the magical east slopes of the La Grave La Meije cable car. Take care as avalanches are possible, as these slopes are exposed to several directions of wind and heat up in the sun at the end of the morning. These lines are(... >>>)
Nice sustained slopes in between Chancel and les Vallons, you arrive after a long traverse.Beautiful wild area, but windslab prone, and maybe with lot’s of rocks to hit !
Vallons de Chancel
The start takes place at the top of the second section of the La Meije lift at 3200m. We can ride to the river Romanche. Discover : Vallon de Chancel are the easiest off piste descents of La Grave ski area. The slopes are gentle and regular above lake Puy Vachier, but ... take care, even if it(... >>>)
Couloir Patou - Vallons de Chancel
This magnificent straight Patou couloir overlooks Lake Puy Vachier. The access is by the Pacave valley, the most beautiful and the least frequented of the various freeriding / free-skiing lines of the Vallons de Chancel, steep and regularly in good snow. Take care, there is avalanche risk (wind(... >>>)
Banana Couloir- Vallons of Chancel
Lake Puy Vachier is located just under Chancel refuge (2508m). This frozen winter lake is dominated by impressive cliffs 150m high. Three couloirs: the Patou, Banane and the Lake, are very steep and cross these cliffs in a very alpine atmosphere. The Banane is the longest of them and slightly(... >>>)
Tree skiing in La Grave
Between the intermediate station of the cable car at 2400m and the valley bottom (La Grave, Les Fréaux), the vertical drop is 1000 meters. The larch forest is interspersed with clearings, couloirs, valleys, ice cascades and cliffs. This playground is super varied, very steep for playful yet(... >>>)
The vault is one of the exceptional La Grave freeride routes !!!
Hyper varied, the difference in altitude is 2400 metres of pure happiness! It begins with wide freeride turns on the glacier and then continues with more sustained slopes and small wild valleys before taking a break halfway to the 35(... >>>)
Canyon - Tantric line
At the top of the Dome de la Lauze at 3550m, each step is slower, you catch your breath while admiring the panoramic view from the Ventoux to Mont Blanc. We are at the beginning of the Tantric line.
With wide open spaces on the Lauze glacier, we let go. We carve big turns on the sparkling snow,(... >>>)
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