Ski Touring in the Alps

The Southern French Alps area is perfect for ski touring, backcountry skiing and mountaineering as there are a huge variety of routes, from technical, long distance high mountain traverses (including the Tour des Ecrins) to short day trips on easier slopes.

It is also slightly away from the main ski touring honeypots such as the Haute Route, so you can really get away from the crowds and experience the majestic ambiance of the high mountains in the winter.

The Queyras mountain range in the Southern French Alps, also home to the highest village in Europe, Saint Veran is an excellent ski touring destination for those wanting to get off the beaten track. Blessed with high snowfall and a variety of cols and summits accessible from mountain refuges, the choices and possibilities make the Queyras one of the greatest places there is for beginners through to intermediate ski tourers. Have a look at our ski touring trip in the Queyras.

We also have a ski touring trip in the Ecrins massif which explores numerous day tours from one base - perfect for this who like the idea of ski touring but not the idea of staying in a refuge!

We choose our guides with great care. All our guides are fully qualified UIAGM high mountain guides and experienced mountaineers with local knowledge and a high regard for safety. They will think nothing of turning back if your safety is at risk, even if that means you lose a day in the mountains.

If you are attracted to the idea of skiing off piste away from the main resorts but don't want to skin up hill, then you will love La Grave, which is a freerider, off piste ski and snowboard paradise! One cable car up to the glaciers of La Meije massif and loads of routes down, all off piste with couloirs, traverses, glacier skiing and lots of powder! Check out our freeride off piste skiing trip in La Grave.

If you are unsure of whether ski touring in the Alps is for you, have a read of our blog article, "Is Ski Touring in the Alps for me?"

If you would like to try ski touring, have a look at all our ski touring packages. There are ski touring tours and trips for all levels. You can also try ski touring as part of a winter activity holiday.