A progressive ski touring week introducing and practising essential skills and techniques in and around the Champsaur valley and Ecrins National Park.
The Champsaur Valley and the Ecrins National Park are beautiful places to explore ski touring. They are wild and relatively untouched with dramatic mountain scenery and lots of wildlife including chamois, ibex, wild boar, deer and even wolves!
This is a progressive ski touring week introducing and practising the essential safety and technical skills for ski touring. You will also learn and revise your mountain safety skills such as avalanche search and rescue.
You will have a day on the pistes to improve your skiing technique making the mose of the ski lifts in a traditional French ski village. This is to get used to the different off piste snow conditions you will encounter whilst ski touring and your guide will be able to give you some valuable tips. Then you will do a range of different day tours in and around the Champsaur valley and the Ecrins National Park.
The area is a perfect place for learning the basics of ski touring. There is a great variety of easy day tours with the possibility to choose slightly more technical routes if required.
This holiday is a great introductory week as it gives full flexibility over route choice. We can really make the most of local conditions and choose day tours adapted to the group.
Your guide for the trip will be an experienced UIAGM high mountain guide. He will be a local guide who will have a wealth of local knowledge. Your safety will be his top priority.
You will have a free day in the middle of the week to relax at the Hotel le Chamois and explore the village of Ancelle. If you would like to try another activity... ice climbing, snowshoeing, downhill skiing, husky dog sledging and cross country skiing are all possible from Ancelle.
Read our blog article to find out more about ski touring in the area and have a look at our ski touring kit list for advice on what to pack.
If you are looking for a ski touring holiday that tours from refuge to refuge have a look at our Ski Touring in the Queyras.