Queyras Ski Tour

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Introduction

This ski tour offers fantastic descents each day as we journey around the Queyras National Park.

The Queyras mountains are south of the Ecrins and border onto Italy. It is one of the more forgotten corners of the alps and its natural topography offers great non-glaciated touring suitable for earlier in the season. Most nights we stay in a hotel or gite in authentic mountain villages and we spend one night in a mountain refuge. This allows a degree of comfort in the evenings and lighter packs during the day.

It is designed for those off-piste skiers keen to explore a less frequented area away from the crowds, but who are also looking for a great off-piste descent each day, to reward their uphill toils.

Clicking on the ‘Book Now’ button opposite, will open a new tab/window in your browser and direct you to our online tour booking system. Here you can check the course dates and availability

Course Details

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    Price €1549.00 pp

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    Ability Level C – G

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    Fitness Level 4

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    Location: Guillestre, France

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    Guide ratio: 6:1

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    Season: Mid Feb – Mid May

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    Duration: 7 nights accommodation, 6 Days guiding

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Location

The Queyras mountains are south of the Ecrins and border onto Italy. It is one of the more forgotten corners of the alps and its natural topography offers great non-glaciated touring suitable for earlier in the season. Most nights we stay in a hotel or gite in authentic mountain villages and we spend one night in a mountain refuge. This allows a degree of comfort in the evenings and lighter packs during the day.

We have chosen our itinerary to take in some great views and to experience as much of the Queyras as we can in a week.

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Further Information.

What's included
  • Guides expenses
  • Guiding fees
  • hotels
  • mountain huts at full-board (with packed lunch & boiled water)
What's not included
  • Transport to/from Guillestre
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel insurance
  • Uplifts according to itinerary
  • taxis or trains
Who is this for?

You should be fit enough for 6 hut to hut days of hard work (5-8h/day) and capable of skiing in different types of snow. To ascent some summits it is important you have basic mountaineering experience because we’ll have some crampon work with a couple of easy rock moves. Previous ski touring mileage is essential. It’s very important your ski touring equipment is in perfect shape.

Accommodation and huts

They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets or duvets, so you don’t need a sleeping bag. Huts provide slippers to be worn inside.

You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!

Typical Itinerary

Saturday: Arrive Guillestre and settle into hotel. We meet in the evening to discuss plans for the week.

Sunday: A day warming the legs up with some off-piste skiing in the small resort of Ceillac and practising our touring skills on a short tour. Return to hotel.

Monday: We return to Ceillac to traverse the col des Estronques (2651m) and ski to our comfortable gite in St Veran.

Tuesday: We skin up the Tete de Longet (3146m) and return after 1100m of north facing powder to our Gite in St Veran.

Wednesday: We climb the Pic de Caramantran (3025m) or traverse the col Longet (a different ‘longet’ to yesturday) before descending to the Refuges Agnel.

Thursday: A shorter day as we traverse the col Vieux and descend to our gite in Ristolas. Conditions allowing we will take in an extra descent en route.

Friday: Either a climb and fantastic north facing descent of Pic Segure (2990m) or a circuit via the Clot Lapiere and Col d’Urine to la Roux, and return to Guillestre by taxi to overnight at the hotel.

Saturday: Departure

Training

Good fitness will make it more fun and you’ll get more out of your week! Although we will tailor the course
to your ability, we definitely recommend getting as fit as possible before you start. The process of training for your goal will help you focus on your goal – and having a goal will help you focus on your training. Ski mountaineering is all about being able to exercise at a moderate intensity for many hours (typically 5 to 12 hours) and your training should reflect this. Probably the best training is going for a long hill walk or cycle as this simulates the real thing as closely as possible and prepares the mind (exercising for long periods in poor weather requires mental strength!).

However not everyone has the opportunity to do this and so alternatives such as jogging, cycling and gym workouts are just as good. The focus should be on training Cardiovascular Endurance for long days in the mountains. For cardio cycling, running and rowing machines are much better than weight training, which you should try and exercise for up to a couple of
hours at a time, 4 times a week. Also yoga, swimming and Pilates help with core stability and balance, with squats and cycling a good way to strengthen your legs. Remember to build up your workouts over time. If you are not used to exercising much, your muscles and joints need time to build up to avoid injury. Try and choose an activity that you enjoy and keep a note of what you do and your times – this really helps with keeping the motivation up and preparing for the ski tour. If you are not used to training then your local gym will be able to advise you on a plan and schedule to help you achieve your goals. Remember training does not work overnight and the fittest athletes train as part of their lifestyles and have been doing it for years. Consider training for a good couple of months before coming out to the Alps.

Kit List

1. Skis with ski touring bindings.Your skis should be a minimum of 90mm underfoot and should be off-piste specific.
2. Ski poles
3. Skins and ski crampons
4. Ski boots and boot crampons – these must fit and be comfortable as we will spend time ascending throughout the week.
5. Ski Helmet
6. Rucksack – 40-50l. with ski straps
7. Transceiver, probe, shovel, harness with 1 screw gate karabiner (can be rented in Chamonix)
8. Sunglasses, goggles, sunhat, sunscreen, lip salve/block
9. 3 sets socks and light coloured thermal tops
10. Lightweight Gore-Tex top/bottoms, warm hat, thick gloves, thin gloves
11. Insulating layers.
12. Personal first aid – blister kit, ibuprofen.
13. Cash for additional hot drinks / snacks on the mountain
14. Water bottle (minimum 1l)

Download our Clothing & Hardware kit recommendations here

Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent most of the above on arrival.

Booking info

To find out more about our course, availability, or to ask any questions, please get in touch through the website or by phone on +33 (0)845 527 58 12.

We take a 20% deposit to secure your place on one of our courses, and we ask for the balance to be paid 6 weeks before the course start date.

Insurance

We strongly recommend getting specialist travel insurance that covers cancellation, medical and mountain rescue.

Make sure that it covers glaciated mountaineering and climbing/ skiing. We recommend the Dogtag (www.dogtag.co.uk) – they have comprehensive policies and a good reputation.

Getting to Guillestre

It is best to book flights and airport transfers well in advance of your departure.

Grenoble or Chambery are the closest international airports, you can then get a train to Guillestre.

Lars Vanhaelewyck
“Super early season touring on non glaciated terrain, again, this is a less frequented gem that you must visit!”
Lars Vanhaelewyck, IFMGA Guide

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