From the Dôme de la Lauze (3568m / 11,706ft), located at the top of the ski lifts of la Grave-la Meije and the Girose glacier, we start our journey skiing down a magnificent steep south facing descent to the Selle mountain hut (2673m / 8,769ft), with a descent close to 1000 vertical meters (3,280ft). From there, we traverse to a bench on the glacier de la Selle. We skin up a steeper slope to the Col du Replat (3335m / 10,941ft). We rappel our way to the other side of the col to reach a long east facing slope, and ski down to the Etançons valley. The impressive south face of la Meije stands in front of our eyes. We pass by the Chatelleret mountain hut (2232m / 7,322ft), and then skin up to the Promontoire mountain hut (3092m / 10,144ft), nestled into the south face of la Meije, where we will spend the night.
.Vertical: -895m (2,936ft) from the Dôme de la Lauze to the Selle mountain hut
+660m (2,165ft) from the Selle mountain hut to the Col du Replat
-1110m (3,641ft) from the Col du Replat to the Chatelleret mountain hut
+860m (2,821ft) from the Chatelleret mountain hut to the Promontoire mountain hut