Nestled at the foot of Massif des Écrins, near France’s eastern border, La Grave boasts dozens of incredible backcountry skiing opportunities for participants of every level. From simple half-day excursions to week-long hut-to-hut expeditions, there is no shortage of backcountry fun to be had.
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Home to just 500 full-time residents in the summer, La Grave comes alive when the snow begins to fall. As January rolls around, enthusiast backcountry skiers flock to the tow in order to explore some of the incredible backcountry terrains found here.
Among the most popular activities for off-piste enthusiasts is the Haute Route des Ecrins. This week-long ski touring adventure takes you hut-to-hut through the heart of the stunning Ecrins massif. Complete with a challenging ascent and thrilling descent of Dome des Ecrins along with many others, the less traditional Haute Route is no less of an adventure.
Heading up onto the slopes of the mighty La Meije is another excellent option. The peak boasts several routes that take skiers down its slopes and back to La Grave as well as longer and more challenging routes for those looking for another type of ski touring adventure. Heading out for a day of freeriding down the couloirs is the perfect way to put your skills and nous to the test.
During the winter, average daily temperatures in La Grave hover between 0 ºC and -5 ºC (32 ºF to 23 ºF). Winter is also one of the wettest times of the year with an average of about 100 millimeters (3.9 inches) of rain per month.
Any trip to La Grave likely begins with a flight into Lyon–Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS). From here, La Grave is two hours away by car. La Grave can also be reached by a combination of train and bus in about three hours.
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