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7-day Intro to Ski Touring Week in the Southern French Alps

The full ski touring experience, from B&B's and mountain refuges in the unspoilt Queyras

Explore the beautiful Southern French Alps on a fully guided week-long ski touring adventure. You’ll begin the week with an intensive day of off-piste skills and safety practice, then head into Queyras Regional Nature Park for 5 days of skiing remote high peaks and cols. Nights will be spent in comfort at modern and cozy mountain refuges. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 6 days of guided off-piste ski touring
  • 3 nights B&B in Guillestre
  • 4 nights half board at a high mountain refuges
  • All ski touring equipment (ski touring boots, skis, skins, ski crampons, poles, avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe)
  • All ski safety equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe)
  • Lift passes as noted in the itinerary
  • A professional, experienced, English-speaking, UIAGM-certified guide
  • Local transportation to access skiing

Perfect for?
This trip is perfect for beginner and intermediate ski tourers - there are possibilities to add extra bits on for intermediates and manage a mixed group. The pre-requisites for all is a good level of physical fitness - ideally walkers or runners bikers in normal life. You should be able to ski any red piste with ease and ideally have had some off piste experience. You will be doing between 500m and 1200m of ascent daily, and some days with a big backpack.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Transportation to and from Guillestre
  • Travel insurance that covers off-piste skiing
  • Tips for your guides
  • Lunches, dinners while staying at B&B (lots of local restaurants)
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

Please note prices are per person and based on two people sharing a room in the guest house and dormitory accommodation in refuges.

Picnic lunches can be arranged at hotel or refuge each day, some people prefer lots of small snacks for ski touring, so this is left open.

This tour is recommended for intermediate to advanced level skiers with off-piste experience. Days may involve 500 - 1200 m of climbing, sometimes with a large pack, so a good level of fitness is required.

Breakfasts and dinners are included in your tour. Food will be fresh, hearty and hot. You are responsible for your own snacks, lunches and drinks. Picnic lunches may be ordered at the mountain refuges.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

You will need to bring plenty of warm, waterproof and thermal clothing for full days spent outside, as well as a water bottle or flask, sun protection, and a 45 L rucksack for carrying layers and personal items. A full packing list will be sent to you after booking. All ski touring equipment is included, but you may bring your own if you prefer.

There will be 6 people in your group, plus the guide. Please note if a group size of 6 has not been reached 3 months before departure the trip may be cancelled or rearranged. We advise you do not arrange travel until you have been told the trip is guaranteed to run.

Absolutely, many do! It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at your B&B in Guillestre. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in Guillestre. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Guillestre is served by the Mont Dauphin-Guillestre station on Gap-Briancon line. Trains are available from Paris, Valence, Grenoble and Marseille. If you wish to take an overnight sleeper train, the nearest station is Gap. From the Mont Dauphin-Guillestre station to your B&B is a €10-15 taxi ride.

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Location

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The town of Guillestre is the gateway to some of the best alpine terrain in the Southern French Alps, including Queyras Regional Nature Park. Queyras was designated an “inhabited rural area of outstanding natural beauty” in 1977 to protect its countryside and heritage, and to promote sustainable economic development. The park is home to an array of wildlife, including chamois, marmots, hares and golden eagles. It’s also very popular with skiers, and rightly so: with a multitude of 3000 m peaks, deep snow, and endless untouched powder stashes, all backed by a deep blue sky, you’re sure to have an amazing time in Queyras.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at your B&B in Guillestre. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end in Guillestre. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Guillestre is served by the Mont Dauphin-Guillestre station on Gap-Briancon line. Trains are available from Paris, Valence, Grenoble and Marseille. If you wish to take an overnight sleeper train, the nearest station is Gap. From the Mont Dauphin-Guillestre station to your B&B is a €10-15 taxi ride.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival in Guillestre

Arrive at the Mont Dauphin-Guillestre station and take a taxi to your accommodation in Guillestre. Depending on how much time you have, you may choose to explore Guillestre, or visit the 17th Century fortified city of Mont Dauphin. Rest well—the adventure begins tomorrow!

Day 2: Skills day at Moline en Queyras

In the morning you’ll meet your guide to get fitted with your ski equipment for the week. Then head to Moline en Queyras where you’ll use the lift service for a full day of off piste skiing. Your guide will prepare you for an incredible week of touring by giving you tips on technique, and practicing mountain safety skills like avalanche search and rescue. Head back to Guillestre for the night.

Day 3: Ski to Refuge de la Blanche

In the morning you’ll take a lift for the last time to access the top of Moline en Queyras. From there you’ll ski down the valley to Clausis Chapel, then ascend gradually to the Refuge de la Blanche (2499 m). You’ll arrive in time for lunch, then you have the option of relaxing at the refuge or heading out into the snow again to ski a nearby col or summit. Enjoy a hot dinner at the refuge that night and rest up for a long tour tomorrow.

Day 4: Loop tour around Tête de Toillies

Today you’ll tour the summits and cols around the famous rock formation Tête de Toillies. First skin up Col Blachet (2897 m) and admire the views of the French and Italian Alps. From there you’ll descend into Italy, then traverse over to Col de Longet (2660 m), descend again, then make your final climb up Col de la Noire (2955 m). Enjoy a long, well-deserved descent back to the refuge for dinner.

Day 5: Ski to Refuge l’Agnel

In the morning you’ll skin up Col de Chamoussière, then ascend the short but interesting ridge to Caramantran Peak (3025 m). From there it’s a long, gradual descent to Refuge l’Agnel (2580 m). Refuel with a hot lunch, then either relax at the refuge or tackle another summit or col in the afternoon.

Day 6: Tour Pain de Sucre

With 4 ascents and 4 descents, this classic tour will both challenge and thrill you. Start with an easy skin up Col Vieux (2806 m), then descend and traverse to Brèche de Ruine (2908m). From there you’ll ski down the beautiful Couloir de la Ruine to the base of Col d’Asti (3145 m), and climb the highest summit of the day. Descend into Italy, then make one last climb up Col Agnel, and make the fun descent back to the refuge for a hot meal.

Day 7: Grand Queyras

In the morning you’ll consult with your guide to pick the best grand finale for your tour based on your abilities, and the snow and weather conditions: Pic de Foreant (3081 m) or le Grand Queyras (3114 m). Either way, you’ll end the trip with a challenging climb up a high peak, incredible views out over the Alps, and a long, rewarding descent to a small village for a hard-earned drink at the bar. You’ll be driven back to your B&B in Guillstre for your last night.

Day 8: Departure

Sleep in and enjoy breakfast before taking the train back home.

Accommodation

You will spend three nights at a comfortable B&B in Guillestre, typically the Catinat Fleurie, but this will vary according to group and dates. In the evening there are lots of choices of restaurants in the town.

During the ski touring portion of your trip you will spend 4 nights at the high mountain refuges Refuge de la Blanche and Refuge d’Agnel. Both refuges are self-sustaining, modern, spacious and clean, with shared dormitory rooms, restaurant, bar, running water, flushing toilets, and even showers!

Dates & Prices

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

1 Night in "Mon Hotel à Gap" Payable Before Departure
Double Room (price depends on availability) £80.00 Per Night
Single occupancy Payable Before Departure
Single occupancy £90.00 Per Person

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