La Grave is one of the Alps’ most renowned off-piste ski areas. For years it has attracted the best of the world’s off-piste skiers who come for the great skiing and the majestic beauty of the place. The vertical drop is over 2,100m (close to 7,000 ft!) and much of the skiing is not for the fainthearted!
Our advanced La Grave week is an amazing opportunity for advanced level skiers to spend a week skiing off-piste with one of our team of highly experienced international mountain guides. The week is intended to be fun with lots of thrilling skiing but always directed with maximum attention to your safety and the safety of others.
La Grave is an excellent venue for our Advanced-level off-piste skiing trips, ideal for strong skiers wanting to challenge their skiing on steeper and more difficult terrain. All-in-all an ideal week for the adventurous skier!
The week will start with a welcome meeting and briefing on the evening of the first day. This is an opportunity to meet your guide and the rest of the group and to discuss the plans for the week. There is no set itinerary and your guide will decide on where to ski each day based on the snow and weather conditions, his recommendations and your own preferences.
Travel to La Grave
7pm initial briefing and meeting with guide, this is an opportunity to meet the guide and the rest of the group, to discuss the plans and objectives for the week and to ask any questions you may have relating to the week’s itinerary.
La Grave's unique and dramatic structure, and diverse weather and snow conditions means there is no set itinerary for this trip.
Our extremely experienced IFMGA mountain guide Olly Allen will determine an itinerary based on prevailing conditions and with your safety paramount.
The price includes: 6 full days off-piste guide fees and expenses, 7 nights HB hotel accommodation (twin rooms)
The price does not include: lift pass, lunches, beverages, personal insurance, equipment hire, travel to/from La Grave
Single room occupancy - subject to availability - will incur an additional charge. Contact us for details.
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This is an extensive list of the recommended clothing and equipment you will need if you are coming on one of our Off-Piste Adventure trips. On all our weeks you’ll be staying in comfortable catered chalets or hotels. When skiing you need to carry just a day pack, which contains your safety equipment and any personal items or extra clothing layers you may need.
Although our Off-Piste Adventure courses rely heavily on the lift systems in resorts, access to and egress from runs sometimes involve climbing and walking a short way and you may undertake 1 or 2 day ski tours, for this reason its best to have skis with ski touring bindings, skins and ski touring boots.
The “Safety Trilogy” - applicable for all our off-piste courses and ski tours.
Avalanche airbags/rucksacks – if you wish to ski with one of these on our courses you are welcome to do so, they are not mandatory but we always support the use of available safety items.
You can hire avalanche rucksacks in a lot of resorts, makes are usually Snowpulse/Mammut, ABS or BCA Float sacks. Prices vary from shop to shop and resort to resort but a guide line price would be from €20-30 per day or around €100-120 for 6/7 days.
Remember it is not enough just to carry this equipment; you have to know how to use it.
How about joining one of our specialist avalanche courses – check out http://mountaintracks.co.uk/discipline/winter-mountaincraft
France a Western European country with Paris as its capital city. The country is diverse with countryside, mountainous areas and many beautiful beaches. The country is renowned for its food and wine as well as well know places like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and the Palace of Versailles.
Its population is around 66 million people (2013). The highest mountain is Mont Blanc at 4,810m which is visited by many every year to climb.
It is a condition of booking that you are insured for your chosen activity and the cover must include medical expenses, personal accident, personal liability, third party risks and rescue (including helicopter rescue). You are strongly advised also to take out cover against cancellation and curtailment.
For more details and to purchase a policy online visit http://www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk/
If you need assistance arranging your personal insurance please let us know.
The Tunnel du Chambon on the RD1091 has re-opened making travel from Grenoble, Chambery and the Oisans significantly easier. This is often the easiest route.
You can also fly into Turin and take the main road west (E70) towards Susa, Oulx and onto Montgenevre, Briancon, pass over the Col du Lauteret to reach La Grave. Driving time on this route is around 2.5hrs.
Its recommended that for either route, but particularly if you choose to fly into Turin you hire a car as public transport this way is complicated to impossible. There is more information on this web link: http://www.lagrave-lameije.com/en/how-get-la-grave-villar-darene-and-its...
Please note that it is NOT POSSIBLE to drive over the Col du Galibier in the winter months. The Col du Lautaret is typically open during the winter but can be susceptible to closure in very heavy snow storms. You can check information on the road cols and conditions on this website: https://www.inforoute05.fr/wir3/cols_en.html
Our Off-Piste Adventure courses are run by our team of IFMGA Mountain Guides led by Olly Allen, Matt Dickinson and Nick Parks.
The guide to skier ratio is 1:6 and we can run with a maximum of 2 groups on the same week.
There are a number of hotels in la Grave we use and recommend. The Auberge Edelweiss which provides super accommodation with great food run by Robin & Marlon http://www.hotel-edelweiss.com/index.html.
The Skiers Lodge http://www.skierslodge.com/about-the-lodge/ who offer comfortable accommodation and a friendly and fun après-ski atmosphere.
IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV
The IFMGA / UIAGM / IVBV symbol is the logo of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association.
Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
The International Ski Instructors Association is the world body for professional ski instructors.
The ISIA was formed in 1971 and there are currently 39 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.