Discover the charming Queyras Valley in the French Hautes-Alps during this ski touring course, along with Sébastien, an IFMGA certified mountain guide.
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
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
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!
- Guiding fee
The price also includes avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel for the first 4 people.
I also offer options for private groups.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
French | English
SNGM | IVBV | UIAGM | IFMGA
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I had a great time climbing with Sebastien. He modified the trip because of the weather and was able to find dry rock on a wet day. Throughout the trip Sebastien not only provided plenty of climbing but also helped me on skills that I wanted to improve on.
Sebastien was a great guide! Thank you :)
Sebastien was a fantastic guide, I had a great time and learned a lot. I would 100% use him again as a guide and the climbing / route choices were great as well
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Excellent course. Sebastien tailored the content to my goals and was a great and thorough instructor. A very enjoyable and educational course.
Gained skills and confidence in ice climbing, as well as some mountaineering skills. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and supportive. Look forward to working with Seb again.
Five amazing days ,professional and friendly service. Keep Calm and Climbing with Sebastien Lauren
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Grâce à Sebastien L vous repoussez vos limites! Exigent mais attentif il vous amènera découvrir des paysages hors des sentiers battus...avec la cool attitude. Bref un super guide!
Pascal Le Flao
Une page superbe, intéressante, un guide talentueux, sympa et simple avec qui on a plaisir à partager notre passion pour la montagne. Merci Sébastien !
Pascal Le Flao
Una página estupenda, interesante, una guía talentosa, agradable y sencilla con la que nos complace compartir nuestra pasión por la montaña. Gracias Sebastián!
Super semaine avec Sébastien et Guillaume. Très partant pour refaire un stage!!!
Unforgettable experience, thanks to our guide Sebastien we reached the summit, he prepared us not only with the required skills also with the psychological strength for such an emblematic summit. Also we want to thank Gauthier (from Explore-Share) for his help preparing this expedition.
It was my first ski touring experience in high montainous areas: it was just unique thanks notably to the way Sébastien managed us in a very professional way. He inspired confidence in our group while this was the very first time for three among us. Congrats.
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