A progressive ski touring week introducing and practising essential skills and techniques in and around the Champsaur valley and Ecrins National Park.
Location: The Ecrins National Park, Southern French Alps
The Champsaur Valley and the Ecrins National Park are some of the most beautiful parts of the Southern French Alps 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 in a traditional French ski village using the ski lifts and then skiing down via off piste routes to practice and improve your off piste skiing technique. This is to get used to the different off piste snow conditions you will encounter whilst ski touring and your high mountain guide will be able to give you some valuable skiing tips. Then you will do a range of different day tours in and around the Champsaur valley and the Ecrins range.
The area is a perfect French Alps destination for a first introduction to ski touring and for learning backcountry skiing basics. There is a great variety of easy day ski tours with the possibility to choose slightly more technical ski touring routes if required.
This ski touring holiday is a great for beginner and intermediate ski tourers looking for a ski touring course as it gives full flexibility over route choice. We can really make the most of local snow and weather conditions and choose day ski tours adapted to the group.
You don't need any ski touring experience but do need a good level of fitness and ideally have some experience skiing in different snow conditions. Read our blog to see if you have the fitness and skiing ability required for ski touring.
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.
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.
The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseille.
The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps. In the winter the local ski resorts are also served with a regular snow bus from Marseille airport.
Throughout the winter the local ski resorts are also served with a regular snow bus from Marseille airport.
We can arrange local transfers from Gap train station or the local ski resorts for 50€ per transfer (up to 8 people per transfer).
We can help you plan your journey, please ask us about getting here when you enquire.