Itineraries, couloirs La Grave La Meije
Here there are no marked secure pistes, only high mountain itineraries. At La Grave, the two classic freeride itineraries are the Vallons de La Meije and the Vallons de Chancel. They start at 3550 or 3211 meters at the Col des Ruillans, where the arrival of the second section of the La Grave cable car, the Téléphérique des Glaciers de La Meije is located. Beautiful descents beneath the peak of La Meije and more than fifteen couloirs: Triffides, Banana, Fréaux ... are waiting for you. But the main attraction of La Grave - La Meije are the great off-piste itineraries that attract skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from around the world in search of freeride experiences! At 3568 meters, you ride with gravity and have a big selection of routes with vertical descents of more than 2400 meters: Derby de La Meije 2150m, The Vault 2300m, Chirouze 2400m... You have the choice of a multitude of lines on the south face, the north... A description of the tours or descents around La Meije ski touring, or split-boarding is also in this section. Safely discover these incredible extreme skiing itineraries with the Snowlegend guides who are 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 maximise the enjoyment of 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(... >>>)
Vallons of La Meije - Saint Antoine couloir
The Saint Antoine couloir has a small vertical descent of 300 meters. The access on skis or snowboard is by the Vallons de La Meije then the Zone Interdite. The Saint Antoine is on the right of the Enfetchores. This extreme couloir is a narrow groove in the rock face. Crampons, an ice axe and rope(... >>>)
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(... >>>)
Vallon de la Selle
The Vallon de la Selle is a small descent in the high mountains. The start is from the top of the Dome de La Lauze at 3568 meters. This freeride off-piste descent takes you to the village of Saint Christophe en Oisans in the Vénéon valley at 1440m and is one of the off-piste skiing itineraries at(... >>>)
La Rama couloir - Descente sur Saint Christophe
The Rama couloir is the extreme version of skiing, snowboarding or telemarking to Saint Christophe. The vertical descent is 1300m before joining the Vallon de la Selle. La Rama is one of the most beautiful couloirs in La Grave - La Meije. This freeride route is located on the south side. The start(... >>>)
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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