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GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY SKI TOURING
6 Days | 5 Nights | 6 Ski Days

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 5 nights mountain hut lodging in a group of 4 to 7 people.
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USD 1,100
Discover the fabulous mountains & solitude of the secretive Queyras in the French Hautes-Alpes region in on a small group ski-tour. Devoid of people, ski from hut to hut in France & Italy, enjoying powder descents in between. Join an affordable fixed date ski tour in March or customise a private tour ....
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 15 - Mar 20, 2022
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Queyras Ski Touring

Overview

It has been said that if you love ski touring, you will have heard about the Queyras! A remote and genuine mountain range with a snowy microclimate is how the Queyras can be described best. This big mountain area has a lot to offer for ski touring, with a great variety of landscapes, untracked snow and guaranteed solitude!

Discover the fabulous mountains & solitude of the secretive Queyras in the Hautes-Alpes region in France on a small group ski tour. Ski from hut to hut stradling the border of France & Italy, enjoying powder descents in between.

Ski Tour & Terrain

The Queyras is mostly known in France among skiers for the intensity of the "retour d'est", a low pressure system coming from the east, and dumping big amounts of snow on the region. Lots of snow is good? Add to that some of the best larch forest in the alps, few people, genuine villages and a vast choice of high-altitude slopes, and you have the recipe for a skier's paradise!

During this week, the program will be dynamic, following the conditions (snow and weather), as well as the level and expectations of the participants. Here in Queyras, there's some terrain for ski touring beginners or steep slope experts!

Starting in Saint Veran, the ski tour takes in 4 mountain huts, plus numerous peaks & passes in both France and Italy before ending a few kilometres from Abriès.

The Queyras are dominated by the Matterhorn-like spire of Mt Viso (3,841m), but there are a plethora of other peaks over 3,000m elevation, with several visited in the tour. From St Veran climbs the lofty Pic de Château Renard (2989m) and from here the adventure begins. Leisurely skiing on wide, easy slopes to technical turns in narrow, steep corridors. On bad weather days, there are also enough sheltered, forested slopes to enjoy the powder!

In one day of ski touring, the group will ski a vertical drop of between 800m to 1,100m, with daily climbs on skins ranging from 400m to 1,000m total. The tour can adapted day to day so that everyone benefits to the maximum, according to their ability and will! To see how the tour operates day to day, see the Itinerary Tab.

Meeting Point & Transport

The meeting point for the tour is St Veran at the Auberge de Coste Belle. The Queyras is located south-east of the Ecrins National Park and the fabulous city of Briançon (with its large nearby ski resort of Serre Chevalier). Despite its comparative remoteness, it's rather easy to reach the meeting point in Saint Véran. By car the village is 3.5hr from Grenoble, 1.5hr from Briançon. See the Queyras ski region page for more info on how to get to St Veran.

On the final day of the tour, the transfer from the finishing point near Abries back to St Veran is included in the price.

See the Itinerary Tab for more details on the tour program.

Accommodation & Meals

Enjoy the isolation of the region & the company of your fellow group members by staying in four different mountain huts throughout the tour. Two nights will be spent at the first hut, Refuge de la Blanche, with the remainder only one night (Refuge d’Agnel, Refuge du Viso, Rifugio Willy Jervis). Each hut provides half-board (breakfast & dinner) (included in the price) with lunches & snacks brought on the tour or purchased from the huts as picnics. Drinks are available at all the huts at bar prices.

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Guides & Group Size

The guide is a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide with extensive local ski experience plus an obsession for finding the best snow and ensuring the group has the best possible time on the tour. The maximum number of guests per guide/group will be 7.

Ski Ability & Fitness

Participants must be at ease with skiing on all types of snow at a reasonable pace all day long. During this haute-route, the group will ski some steeper terrain only if the conditions, the level (and expectations) of the skiers allow it.

The terrain in Queyras allows the guide to be dynamic and propose an itinerary that suits everyone. Participants should be able to make skinning ascents of up to 1,000m per day, and as such should be in good physical condition. Your own ski touring & safety equipment is required, there is no rental available.

A Note About Covid

The tour operator undertakes to follow all the recommendations issued by the relevant government. Participants will be informed of the health protocols relating to the accommodation where they stay - it is mandatory to respect them. For the latest on travelling to Europe see the website Reopen Europe.

Itinerary

Arrival: St Véran

Arrive prior to the first morning of the tour. The first night in St Veran is not included in the tariff. Suggested accommodation is in St Véran at the Auberge de Coste Belle, or search & book here for other St Veran lodgings.

Day 1: Molines-en-Queyras/Saint Véran

Starting from the quaint village of Saint Veran, the group leave from Auberge de Coste Belle (2000m) & will skirt the Molines-en-Queyras/Saint Véran ski area and ascend the Pic de Château Renard (2989m), before descending to your home for the next 2 nights at the Refuge de la Blanche (2499m).
Overnight: Refuge de la Blanche
Meals included – Dinner

Day 2: Refuge de la Blanche Day Tour

Starting & finishing at the Refuge de la Blanche, the group will ski a fantastic circuit around the Tête des Toilies via the Col de la Noire (2950m), Col de Longet (2670m) before returning to the hut via Col Blanchet (2900m) with a gentle 400m vertical descent.
Overnight: Refuge de la Blanche
Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Refuge de la Blanche to Refuge d’Agnel

Say farewell to Refuge de la Blanche and ascend Pic de Caramantran (a.k.a. Il Pelvo) (3025m), before a delightful descent via the Couloirs de Chamoussières to finish the day at Refuge Agnel (2580m).
Overnight: Refuge Agnel
Meals included – Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: Refuge d’Agnel to Viso Hut

Leaving Refuge Agnel (2580m) after a hearty breakfast,ascend to the Brêche de Ruine (2900m) via the Crête de l’Eychassier and descend a fantastic 700 to 800m into a high valley, before a final skin up to the comfortable & modern Viso Hut (2460m).
Overnight: Refuge du Viso
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Viso Hut to Refuge Jervis

From the Viso Hut ascend 350m vertical to the Col de Sellières (2810m). A wide selection of both steep and gentle slopes lead north into Italy and the Pellice valley toward the next stop, Refuge Jervis (1750m).
Overnight: Rifugio Willy Jervis
Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6: Refuge Jervis to La Monta & St Veran

From Rifugio Jervis (1750m), ascend to the Col La Croix (2310m) and enjoy a long descent down to Gite La Monta at 1680m, where after lunch a shuttle returns the group to Saint Véran.
Meal included: Breakfast

Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski-touring in the Queyras. Understand that the guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather & snow conditions as well as participants' abilities & wishes. You are kindly asked to respect such decisions.

Rates & Inclusions

Rates Information

March 15 to 20 - 6 days/5 nights from €940 in a group of 4 to 7

Inclusions
  • ACCOMMODATION: 5 nights in a mountain huts
  • MEALS: Half Board (breakfast & dinner)
  • GUIDE: Full-time professional guide for entire tour
  • TRANSPORT: Shuttle return to St Veran on last day
  • SMALL GROUP: Maximum 7 guests
Add-ons
  • ADDITIONAL LODGING: Night prior to tour in St Veran (price on request)
Not Included

Terms & Conditions

As per agreed terms & conditions with the tour operator, Up Ski & Mountain Guides, including but not limited to the following:

A] Information and Booking

The bookings are always confirmed after an email and/or phone contact.

The booking is effective after the payment of the deposit.

B] Payment

A deposit of 20% of the total price is required for booking. It must be payed, at the latest, three months before the first day of the trip.

The balance (80%) is due, at the latest, one week before the first day of the trip.

All payment are to be made to the bank account information given on the invoice that will be sent to you. Please use the invoice number as a reference for your payment.

C] Cancellation Policy

If UP Ski & Mountain Guides are cancelling the trip, all payment that you’ve made will be integrally returned to you.

If you are cancelling, whatever the reasons are:

  • More than three months before the trip, all payment will be returned to you, minus 5% of administrative fees.
  • Less than three months before the trip, we keep you deposit.

D] Insurances

UP Ski & Mountain Guides professional insurances are, in no case, substitute to your own personal insurances, and you are responsible for purchasing one that covers the search & rescue, medical and repatriation costs for all activities and countries concerned by the trip.

Company Detail

UP Ski & Mountain Guides AB is a company registered in Sweden under the number 556985-2097