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Get ready for an epic ski touring adventure in Briançon and its stunning Alpine surroundings! A cozy lodge, nestled right by the French-Italian border, will be your base for hitting top ski spots like La Grave and Ecrins. Picture yourself gliding down untouched slopes, soaking in jaw-dropping views, and feeling the thrill of adventure—all while mastering ski touring with a seasoned guide. After exhilarating days on the snow, kick back in our charming lodge, enjoying delicious local cuisine and sipping white wine on the terrace. Perfect for seasoned resort skiers eager to dive into ski touring, this trip promises fun-filled days on the snow, lively après-ski evenings, and fantastic company. Come for the adventure, stay for the unforgettable memories!

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Adventure highlights

  • Perfect for beginner backcountry skiers

    If you are a seasoned resort skier, but are new to ski touring, this adventure is a perfect fit

  • Spectacular ski locations

    Untouched slopes, different types of terrain and spectacular mountain vistas await!

  • Hassle-free experience

    Save weeks on preparation with accommodation, meals, mountain guide, and complicated backcountry logistics taken care of

Itinerary

Discover the ultimate ski touring adventure in Briançon and its stunning Alpine surroundings! Stay at a cozy lodge near the French-Italian border, exploring top ski spots like La Grave and Ecrins. Enjoy guided ski touring, off-piste skiing, and breathtaking views. Relax in a cozy mountain lodge with delicious local cuisine. Perfect for seasoned resort skiers eager to try ski touring, this trip promises exciting days on the snow, relaxing après-ski evenings, and fantastic company. All logistics, ground transfers, accommodation, meals and safety equipment included.

  • Please note this itinerary is an example of a ski touring course in the Ecrins and La Grave. The guide may adjust certain itineraries and ski areas according to weather and snow conditions as well as participants’ abilities. Please respect such decisions. Ski touring may take place in both France and Italy. Accommodations may also change, maintaining the same standards, according to logistics and availability.

  • Upon arrival at the Briançon train station, you will be picked up and transported by minibus to Clavière (Italy) or Montgenèvre ski area on the France-Italy border. The first day is dedicated to easing into the adventure with gear distribution, off-piste sessions (in the resort), and a short ascent in skins. This warm-up day focuses on assessing everyone’s level, learning or revising safety techniques, and getting to know each other. In the late afternoon, we transfer to the village of Cervières to settle into our lodge, located conveniently next to the agency and all equipment. Here, enjoy the relaxing evenings by the fire and unforgettable encounters.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Ascent/Descent: +50 m / 164 ft ; -1,500 m / 4,921 ft

    Vedute of Briancon, a French Alpine town, during winter.
  • We start the day with a gentle uphill through larch forests, gradually making our way up to enjoy superb views of Arpelin, Côtebelle, and Rochebrune. The serene atmosphere here is truly unique. We then climb to Col Perdu, where a breathtaking panorama awaits us. For those looking for a bit more adventure, there is an option to ascend an additional 120 m / 394 ft to the summit of Arpelin. The descent offers a mix of terrains, perfect for warming up our ski legs and enjoying the spectacular surroundings.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Ascent/Descent: +/- 700 m / 2,297 ft

    Uphill skiing in a larch forest near Briancon, French Alps.
  • After a short transfer to Pont de L’Alpe on the other side of the Lautaret pass, we embark on one of the local classics and favorites: the ascent to Aiguillette du Lauzet mountain pass (2,537 m / 8,323 ft). This route offers various options to suit different skill levels. As we climb, we are treated to incredible views, culminating at the foot of the impressive Tour de l’Aiguillette du Lauzet. The descent is a delight, with a variety of slopes and snow conditions to choose from, ensuring there’s something for everyone. After a rewarding day, we head over to the hot springs at Les Bains de Monêtier for some well-deserved relaxation.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Ascent/Descent: +/- 800 m / 2,625 ft

    Backcountry skiers skinning in the French Alps.
  • Today, we head to the renowned La Grave cable cars for an off-piste skiing special. This area is famous for its diverse snow conditions and challenging terrain, including glacier skiing if the weather permits. La Grave is a world-renowned off-piste mecca, and we’ll have the opportunity to tackle some of its iconic itineraries. If the cable cars are closed, which can happen before Christmas, we’ll find equally thrilling skiing at a neighboring area. The day promises exhilarating runs and unforgettable experiences in one of the most legendary off-piste locations.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Happy backcountry skier near Briancon, Ecrin, and La Grave, French-Italian Alps.
  • This morning, we stay close to our lodge and explore the large, sunny valleys near Col d’Izoard. This magnificent area offers vast slopes perfect for free skiing on the way down. As we climb to the summit of Col des Ourdeis, we’ll be able to appreciate stunning views over the Queyras massif. The descent is equally impressive, with wide-open spaces allowing us to carve through fresh snow. After our ski adventure, we can relax on the terrace at the lodge, soaking in the serene mountain atmosphere.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Ascent/Descent: +/- 700 m / 2,297 ft

    Backcountry skier preparing for a descent in the French Alps in the Briancon, La Grave and Ecrins areas.
  • We depart for the village of Puy Chalvin, set against the stunning backdrop of the Ecrins. Our climb takes us up the Combes valley into the Partias nature reserve, culminating at the Col de Serre Chevalier. Here, a gigantic panoramic view awaits us, offering a perfect spot for a picnic. This area is often sheltered from the wind, making it an ideal place to relax and enjoy our lunch. In the late afternoon, we return to Briançon and Oulx-Cesana for our final goodbyes, wrapping up an unforgettable ski touring adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Ascent/Descent: +700 m / 2,297 ft ; -900 m / 2,953 ft

    Backcountry skiers creating deep snow tracks while skinning in the Alps.
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Meet your guide

Azimut Ski
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Based in the Hautes-Alpes in France, Azimut Ski offers trips of a lifetime all around the world. Their passion, expertise, and knowledge of the terrain is unparalleled, and they lead various ski, cycling, and MTB trips. All guides are passionate about discovering new spots and exciting areas, they’re true experts who make sure that even when things don’t go as planned, that everything runs smoothly. Azimut Ski focuses on adventures with no stress, just good vibes and good times, with the participants’ safety as their top priority.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local ski touring guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 6 days of skiing in the Briançon, Ecrins and La Grave areas of the French and/or Italian Alps (depending on weather conditions and skill levels of the group)
      • Lodge accommodation in lodge-style rooms (usually with 3 people) for 5 nights — hotel-style double and single rooms are available for an added fee
      • Half-board at the lodge (breakfasts and dinners) and lunch picnics during skiing touring excursions
      • Trip logistics & organization upon arrival
      • Minibus transfers upon arrival from the indicated meeting point (Briançon train station)
      • Avalanche safety equipment is provided if you don’t have your own
      • Safety & rescue equipment training/reviewing
      • Azimut welcome pack

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation and from the meeting point in Briançon
      • Accommodation before and after the adventure — if applicable
      • Meals
      • Ski lift fares
      • Ski touring equipment — can be rented
      • Medical/accident insurance — required
      • Drinks (including those with meals at the lodge), personal extras, and any other personal expenses
      • Guide gratuities — optional
      • Travel insurance —recommended
  • To participate in this ski touring adventure in the Briançon, Ecrins, and La Grave areas of the Alps, you should be an advanced alpine skier with beginner to intermediate ski touring skills. The slopes may feature some short steep sections, and you should feel comfortable with ski touring techniques and skiing on various types of snow. Some of the skiing may take place on glacier terrain, so mastering uphill kick turns without hesitation is essential.

    Regarding stamina, a good physical condition is required, as some uphill sections may need to be done on foot. Expect ascents and descents ranging from 800 to 1,000 meters (2,625 to 3,281 feet) per day. Even if you don’t have ski touring experience, you can still join the adventure, but you must be able to confidently handle black ski runs and navigate different types of terrain.

  • Here’s a list of the ski touring equipment (can be rented) you need to bring:

      • Ski touring skis with appropriate bindings (we advise freeride-type skis so you can enjoy powdery descents and skiing on all types of snow)
      • Ski skins
      • Ski crampons
      • Ski poles
      • Ski touring boots
      • Avalanche safety kit (transceiver, shovel and probe)
      • Backpack (40L — avalanche airbag backpacks are highly recommended)

    Here’s a list of clothes that you need to bring:

      • Warm hat or buff/scarf
      • Ski goggles (2 pairs) and sunglasses
      • Helmet (strongly recommended)
      • Under layer: breathable long-sleeved tops to maintain heat (merino wool is breathable and has anti-bacterial properties and is therefore less likely to smell as opposed to synthetic fabrics)
      • Middle layer: a light polar or synthetic jacket for an extra layer of heat during breaks
      • Outer layer: a Gore-tex or similar type of lightweight jacket with a breathable waterproof membrane
      • Bottom layer: trousers with a breathable waterproof membrane (Gore Tex or similar) with long side zips allowing air to flow
      • Light fleece or soft shell gloves and a pair of silk glove liners to go underneath
      • Warm gloves with a breathable and waterproof membrane
      • Swimming gear (avoid swimming shorts or bermudas)
      • Ski socks (merino wool or synthetic)
      • Slippers / crocs — recommended to wear in the evenings

    Other things you need to bring:

      • 1-liter flask (Thermos or Camelback)
      • Pocket knife
      • Duct tape
      • Sunscreen (50 SPF)
      • Duffle bag holding up to 110 liters (to leave at the hotel or in a vehicle) — don’t bring a suitcase
      • Personal toiletry bag
      • First aid kit, please find all relevant information on the Ifremmont website.
  • If you prefer not to bring your own ski touring gear, you can rent all necessary equipment from your guide. The full ski touring rental package, which includes skis, boots, skins, poles, and ski crampons, is available for an additional fee of $235. Alternatively, individual items can be rented separately. Avalanche safety equipment is available free of charge; you can simply leave a note for your guide during booking if you need it.

  • During the ski touring adventure in the Briançon, Ecrins, and La Grave areas, accommodation will be provided at a lodge nestled in the village of Cervières, at the foot of the Col d’Izoard. You host Isabelle and her team will ensure an exceptional welcome and offer a peaceful living space for quality relaxation. Rental equipment is conveniently located under the hotel, and the agency and team are just a short distance away.

    The lodge comprises cozy “lodge” rooms that can accommodate up to three guests, with shared toilets and showers. Additionally, hotel-style rooms with private toilets and showers are available for those seeking more privacy. Guests might share a room with someone of the opposite sex, depending on the group’s composition. Triple rooms may also be used based on group configuration and availability. If the lodge is unavailable, a comfortable gîte in the area will be provided.

    The lodge serves simple, natural, high-quality food, complemented by a selection of good beers and wines. Meals include breakfast and dinner at the lodge, with picnic lunches eaten during ski touring excursions and made up of quality produce such as cold meats, bread, cheese, chocolate bars, fruit or dried fruit, and seeds.

  • The lodge you’ll be staying at offers cozy lodge-style rooms that accommodate three guests and come with shared bathrooms, included in the price. For those seeking more privacy, the lodge also provides hotel-style double and single ensuite rooms. Double rooms are available for an additional $130 per person, while single rooms can be booked for $325 per person.

  • Group sizes and pricing

      • For this group adventure, the maximum client-to-guide ratio is 8:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 5 people for this tour to operate, while the maximum number of participants is 8.

    Ski touring in Briançon, La Grave, and Ecrins areas of the French and Italian Alps can be arranged for private groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Briançon, the starting point of the tour, most people fly into Turin Airport or Grenoble Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service. Given the limited train and bus connections to Briançon, the most convenient option is often a private transfer.

    You will meet your guide at the Briançon train station around 8am on Day 1. Keep in mind that you should be wearing your ski outfit. We recommend arriving in Briançon at least one day prior to the tour to allow yourself time to rest and recover if you are traveling from a distant location.

  • Participants are required to have medical and accident insurance that covers this tour. Additionally, we highly recommend securing travel insurance.

    With medical/accident insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more. Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

    • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
    • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
    • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
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