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Queyras Valley 5-day ski touring introductory course

Discover the charming Queyras Valley in the French Hautes-Alps during this ski touring course, along with Sébastien, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration5 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Apr
Skill LevelBeginner
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripNot specified


The beautiful Queyras Valley region in France still has an authentic charm, far from the crowds of other areas in the Alps. Join me on this 5-day ski touring introductory course and discover a unique skiing spot.

This valley is located in the French Hautes-Alpes. Also, it’s one of the oldest mountain ranges of the Alps. Besides, as it was opened to public tourism near the end of the 20th century, is a relatively untouched area.

Most important, the hills of the Queyras Valley are ideal for a ski touring beginner.  Our base will be the charming village of Saint-Véran (2042 m), the highest village in France.

During this 5-day course we will cover the folowing skills:

  • Ski touring techniques
  • Slopes evaluation
  • How to handle risks incurred directly with ski touring
  • Avalanche rescue skills. Use of avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.

We will meet at Mt.Dauphin train station on the first day. We will have a short briefing and check equipment. Then, we will go for off-piste skiing in the area of St.Veran. After that, we will learn essential ski touring techniques. We will spend the night at Gite Les Gabelous in Saint Veran.

On the second day, we will ski up to the summit of the beautiful Pic de Cascavelier (2576 m). We will puto into use what we learnt on the previous day. The next day, we will ski tour up to La Gardiole (2621 m), a nice and wild summit.

Then, on the fourth day, we will get to the most impressive and beautiful summit of the tour: the Pic Traversier (2880 m). We will spend this night at La Blanche Refuge (2500 m).

Finally, on the last day, we will enjoy a ski tour near the Tête Des Toillies summit (3025 m). Then, a fantastic descent of 1000 metres will take us back to St Véran. You can see the day-by-day detailed itinerary below this text.

Contact me if you are interested in this program. I will be happy to guide you on this ski tour in a unique region. I also offer a 5-day off-piste skiing course in Chamonix. Check it out!


This is an example of a ski touring introductory course in the Queyras Valley. I reserve the right to change the program due to your abilities and weather and snow conditions.




Day 1: Mt. Dauphin-St.Véran

We will meet at 8.00 at the Mt. Daphin train station. We will have a short briefing and check equipment. Then, we will go for off-piste skiing in the area of St.Veran, to get used to the skis and ski touring boots. After that, we will learn basic ski touring techniques, such as how to make a kick turn without using much energy, how to prepare equipment or how to put on skins, among other topics. We will spend the night at Gite Les Gabelous in Saint Veran.

Day 2: St.Véran -Pic de Cascavelier -St.Véran

We will ski up to the amazing summit of Pic de Cascavelier (2576 m). We will practice what we learnt the day before. Night in St. Véran. Elevation gain: 676 m -Descent: 676 m.

Day 3: St.Véran-La Gardiole

Today we will ski  to La Gardiole (2621 m), a beautiful and wild summit. It offers a north and a south descent, so we will choose the one with best snow conditions. Elevation gain: 900 m – Descent:900 m

Day 4: St. Véran-Pic Traversier-La Blanche Refuge

Our ski tour will take us today to the Pic Traversier (2880 m), the most impressive summit of the tour. Night at La Blanche Refuge (2500 m). Elevation gain: 1000 m -Descent: 500 m.

Day 5: La Blanche Refuge-Tête Des Toillies-St.Véran

Today we will ski around the Tête Des Toillies summit (3025 m), on the foot of the Col de Chamoussière. Then, a fantastic 1000 metres descent will take us back to St. Véran. Elevation gain: 830 m – Descent: 1460 m.

About the guide

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IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1856 each

Group of 2

EUR 928 each

Group of 3

EUR 619 each

Group of 4

EUR 464 each

Group of 5

EUR 372 each

Group of 6

EUR 325 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• The price also includes avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel for the first 4 people. I also offer options for private groups.

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