EXPERIENCE Ski touring

Traverse of the Grandes Rousses Massif

A beautiful one-day ski traverse with amazing views of the Ecrins massif and Mont Blanc

The Grandes Rousses massif is located between the Oisans and Belledonne mountain ranges and its long ridge of peaks stretches perpendicular to the Romanche valley. Its southwest zone shelters the Alpe d'Huez ski resort. Ski touring across this massif means skinning up 1000 meters (3280ft) to ride down more than 3000 meters (9,842ft), while ascending the highest peaks of the Grandes Rousses massif. A real must! We start our day from the summit of Pic du Lac Blanc (3300m / 10,826ft), at the top of the ski lifts of Alpe d'Huez. We quickly find ourselves in the backcountry environment and make our way to the summit of Pic Bayle (3465m / 11,368ft), the highest peak of the Grandes Rousses massif. We then enjoy a great descent and reach the Quirlies glacier. From there, we skin up about 600 meters (1,968ft) to the Col des Quirlies and enter the glacial cirque of Saint Sorlin. We continue to the top of the Pic de l'Etendard (3464m / 11,364ft), with incredible views of the surrounding mountain ranges. From there, we ski down to the Col de la Barbarate (3219m / 10,561ft) and skin up to the Brèche de la Cochette, and enjoy skiing down to the Col du Couard (2234m / 7,148ft). The final descent back to the Alpe d'Huez ski resort marks the end of this integral traverse of the Grandes Rousses massif. A stunning itinerary, combining pleasant ascents and beautiful descents in a wild environment, at a constant elevation of more than 3000 meters (9,840ft).

HOW DIFFICULT WILL THE TRIP BE?

Advanced

You regularly ski tour in the backcountry with day tours or multi day tours. The accumulation of efforts does not scare you and you can link together multiple climbs and descents in all snow conditions. You are comfortable on steeper slopes for the climb and the descent.


WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL FITNESS DO I NEED?

Advanced

You are in very good physical shape and can easily climb and walk all day with a backpack between 8-15kg.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN ON EACH DAY?

405.0 €

This Price is for a maximum number of participants: 3

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Group from1 to 3 persons for a private outing

INCLUDED

Outing with a certified mountain guide or instructor

Professional Civil Liability Insurance

Group technical gear (rope…)

Transceiver, shovel, probe, harness

NOT INCLUDED

Lift Pass

Personal Accident Insurance

Appropriate clothing for your activity (long-johns, fleece/softshell jacket, down jacket, gore-tex jacket, ski pants, ski socks, warm hat, warm gloves, thin gloves)

Ski goggles, sunglasses, sunscreen

Water Bottle or thermos, food and snacks

Ski touring skis, skins, ski crampons, ski touring boots, poles

helmet

Avalanche airbag backpack

backpack that can fit your shovel and probe INSIDE the pack (around 35L)

Small first aid kit for your personal needs and that contains material in case of blisters

Picnic for during the day

Meal costs for clients and guide

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