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Backcountry Skiing in the French Alps: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You


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Discover the stunning scenery and perfect powder on the immaculate slopes of the French Alps!

Whether you head to Chamonix or Briançon, the French Alps are chock-full of incredible backcountry skiing opportunities. Boasting some of the most gorgeous scenery in all of Europe, plenty of high-quality powder and loads of places to explore, there’s no better place to head off-piste this winter! “Compare and book a certified guide for your Backcountry Skiing trip with Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our Backcountry Skiing selection. The mountains are calling!

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FAQs: Backcountry Skiing in French Alps

What should I know about Backcountry Skiing French Alps?

Heading out on an expedition to the French Alps should be on every backcountry skiing enthusast’s bucket list.

Away from the numerous and equally incredible aforementioned destinations, there are plenty of others as well.

Grenoble is among other the many popular spots in the Alps for backcountry skiing tours. From the lovely little city, it is easy enough to head out into the Chartreuse Mountains, where plenty of excellent routes for intermediate and advanced skiers await.

Grenoble is also an excellent starting point for backcountry skiers heading to La Meije and the Oisans.

Farther south, Briançon offers plenty more incredible backcountry options. The most popular routes are heading to the Queyras Valley as well as up onto the slopes of Monte Visto in neighboring Italy.

Why should I choose French Alps for my Backcountry Skiing adventure?

**Stunning scenery **

No matter where on earth you head, you won’t find many places as scenic as the French Alps. Boasting iconic views of snow-capped mountains, deep valleys covered in evergreen trees and picturesque mountain villages, there is always something stunning to see here.

Plentiful powder

Due to their unique location, the French Alps enjoy ample snowfall during the winter months. Beginning in mid-December and lasting all the way until April, plenty perfect powder coats this iconic mountain range, providing the perfect setting for high-quality backcountry skiing.

Something for everyone

One of the top reasons any backcountry skier should consider heading to the French Alps this winter is for all of the diverse options. From heading to Zermatt on the Haute Route to an intense day of freeriding down the slopes of the Ecrins massif, there is something for every type of backcountry skiing enthusiast to enjoy.

What can I expect from the weather during my Backcountry Skiing trip in French Alps?

During the winter, the French Alps are quite humid with average daily temperatures hovering around freezing. Temperatures decrease significantly as you gain altitude. The humid conditions mean there is always plenty of snow in the region as well during the winter.

How can I get to French Alps?

The best way to get to the French Alps is to fly into the Geneva International Airport (GVA). From here, many destinations are easily accessed by car or bus. Flying into Alpes–Isère Airport (GNB), near Grenoble, is another good starting point.

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When is the best time to travel to French Alps for Backcountry Skiing?

January to April

What people are saying about Backcountry Skiing | French Alps



My Son and I we're absolutely delighted with our day out skiing the Vallee Blanche. Our guide Kyriakos was friendly, helpful and extremely professional. We really felt that we were being looked after by one of the best. Kyriakos also shared his knowledge of the route, the mountains and he even gave us some tips to improve our skiing. An absolutely fantastic experience that we will never forget.



Thank you Aurelien for your outstanding care, guidance and knowledge. Best day ever!


Edy was a fantastic guide, the entire trip was well organised, and we had a fantastic time. Thank you!



Explore share did very good job in finding a mountain guide group for me in Val Thorens. Smooth and quick communication.



Our guide Valerie was amazing. She knows the mountain extremely well and was able to take us to one run after another with fresh powder and first tracks. She pushed us hard, but also knew our limits. I highly recommend her! (And she is also an incredible and accomplished snowboarder).

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