VANOISE NATIONAL PARK HAUTE ROUTE

Day 1:

Trip to Brides Les Bains - Meeting with the guide in the evening to finalize the details of the week

 

Day 2:

Les 3 Vallées ski resort - Col de Thorens (3114m) - Col Gébroulaz (3434m) - Lac Blanc - Roc de la Pêche Hut (1880m)

Hours:6

Elevation gain/loss: + 390m / - 1590m

 

Day 3:

Roc de la Pêche Hut (1880m) - Col d'Aussois (2916m) - Fond d'Aussois Hut (2324m) - Dent Parrachée Hut (2511m)

Hours: 5

Elevation gain/loss: + 1180m / - 890m

 

Day 4:

Dent Parrachée Hut (2511m) - Col de Labby (3328m) - Mahure Glacier - Arpont Lake - Arpont Hut (2309m)

Hours. 6

Elevation gain/loss: + 1020m / - 1270m

 

Day 5:

Arpont Hut (2309m) - Dôme de Chasseforêt (3586m) - Sonailles Dôme (3361m) - Col Pelve (2992m) - Dard (3135m) - Félix Faure Hut (2516m)

Hours: 8

Elevation gain/loss: + 1540m / - 1260m

 

Day 6:

Felix Faure Hut (2516m) – Col de la Grande Casse (3095m) - Champagny le haut (1470m) - Transfer to Brides Les Bains - Night in Brides Les Bains

Hours: 6

Elevation gain/loss: + 740m / - 1790m

 

Day 7:

Trip back.

Included:

  • UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide.
  • Personal advises prior the trip.
  • Safety equipment for the whole group.
  • Reservations management services.
  • Half-board hut accommodation during the route. First and last nigh hotel accommodation and breakfast in Bride-Les-Bains.

 

Not included:

  • Travelling to Bride-Les-Bains.
  • Transfers, sli lifts and/or cable cars.
  • Snacks and beverages during the stages.
  • First and last day dinners.
  • Participants and guides extra expenses due to unexpected program variations.

 

General information:

  • Each group member taking part in the ski route is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Alps.
  • Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on weather and snow conditions, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Touring skis (adjusted bindings)
  • Touring ski boots
  • Telescopic touring ski poles
  • Skins
  • Wax for limiting the snow to build up under the skis
  • Ski crampons
  • Anti snow plate crampons. Preferably made of steel

 

  • Ice axe
  • Backpack 40l max.
  • Headlight + batteries
  • Light harness
  • Dyneema ring 120cm
  • Ice screw
  • Two screw-lock carabiners

 

  • Helmet
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • Transceiver (batteries in charge)

 

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+
  • Cap
  • Goggles
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Spare gloves
  • Medium thickness socks + spare
  • Buff
  • Hat

 

  • Touring ski pants
  • Thermal underpants
  • Gore-Tex ski pants
  • Gore-tex ski jacket
  • Fleece
  • Primaloft
  • Thermal undershirt + spare

 

  • Snacks (sandwich, dry nuts, cereal bars ..)
  • Water bottle 1.5l or Camelback bag

 

  • Silk sleeping bag

 

  • Watch / altimeter
  • Mobile phone
  • ID
  • Cash (provide foreign currency)
  • Mountaineering federation license valid for the Alps.
  • Abroad Health insurance
  • Camera
  • Chargers

For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

 

Ski touring & Freeride

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. Never ski toured before. Is a regular ski resort skier that occasionally goes off-piste. Black runs are not a problem for its level.
  • 2 = Starter. Has experienced ski touring, climbing with skins (skinning). Is familiar with all the ski touring gear. Capable of uphill kick turning on not very steep terrain. Knows how to place and use ski crampons. Ski climbs safely through all kinds of snows on a trace. Skies down efficiently on ungroomed terrain, even on steep but wide slopes.
  • 3 = Intermediate. Regular touring skier,  . Trained on the basic techniques of skinning and uphill kick turn. Can change directions on slopes of 35º. Able to place ski crampons and crampons in an autonomous way. Skies down effectively on all kinds of ungroomed terrain and steepness.
  • 4 = Advanced. Masters the technique of skinning on slopes up to 40º - 45º. Moves safely with skins on steep and icy slopes. Basic knowledge of mountaineering, use of crampons and ice axe as well as rope work. Skies down safely on every snow condition and steepness.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Extensive experience in touring and mountaineering ski. Moves effectively changing direction on all kind of terrain, even on exposed places. Very good skier on every snow condition and steep terrain, as well as in exposed passages. Goes frequently on one-day or multi-day ski tours, spending the nights in huts. Familiar using the ice axe and crampons on all types of mountain domain. Knowledge and training on rope work, protection and self-arrest.
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    FITNESS level

  • 1 = Able to ascend 600 meters of elevation gain skinning for 3 hours carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to ski tour for 4 or 5 hours overcoming 800 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 3 = Able to accomplish 5 to 7 hours routes and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg at a 300 meters an hour pace.
  • 4 = Able to succeed on alpine routes of up to 8 hours and 1200 meters of elevation gain with a backpack of about 8 kg at a 400 meters an hour pace.
  • 5 = Able to carry out alpine routes of more than 8 hours long and between 1500 and 2000 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack at a 400 meters an hour pace.

Next Dates :

March-April 2021

Description

In the Savoie region (French Alps), surrounded by beautiful and high mountains, it is found the Vanoise National Park. Founded in 1963, it was the first National Park in France. To the East, towards Italy, it joins the Gran Paradiso National Park. Together they cover an extension of 1250km2 where an enormous diversity of fauna and flora considered incontestably of great importance can be observed.

The Park has a wide range of mountain huts, all of them well equipped, that will allow us to enjoy all its mountains and landscapes, both in winter and summer. The mountains, mostly above three thousand meters, although numerous glaciers last, let easy access to their passes. The most important peak in the area is the Grande Casse and its impressive North face.

All this, makes the Vanoise high route a must-do for every passionate of mountain skiing.

LEVELS :

FITNESS
3
TECHNICAL
3

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