Queyras Ski Tour
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.
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- Guides expenses
- Guiding fees
- 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!
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.
To maximise your chance of success and enjoyment during this trip it is important to get as fit as you possibly can. So we have partnered with Uphill Athlete, specialists in strength and conditioning for peak mountain performance.
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. Balance is important too as you will spend many hours walking in crampons. For this a good chore strength is important.
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.
We highly recommend this 8 Week Ski Touring Training Plan to get you in shape for the trip.
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)
Remember: Kit should be lightweight but functional – you have to carry it. You can rent most of the above on arrival.
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.
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.