The area of La Grave consists of two slopes, south and north, on both sides of La Romanche.
On the north side, there is the Téléphérique des Glaciers de La Meije, it’s high mountain off-piste area.
On the south side, the ski resort village of Chazelet located on a milder relief at the bottom foot of the Aiguille du Goléon and the Pic du Mas de La Grave.
I present to you a non exhaustive list of the routes that I run.
North slope, La Grave – Les Deux Alpes.
The cable car brings us to 3200 m altitude, Col des Ruillans. The Dome de la Girose rises to 3550 m and is accessible by ski lift or ski touring.
On either side of the cable car, two main valleys stand out: Vallons de la Meije and Vallons de Chancel.
These two valleys offer the so-called “classic” routes of La Grave, and many ski possibilities.
Outside these two valleys and to the east, several bowls allow to descend from the top of the glacier of the Girose to the Valley:
These are valley Orcière et la Voûte
The valley of Rif de Chirouze
The valley of Rif de Muretouse, Côte Borel, Côte Rouge
The valley of Malaprésure
The valley of the La Sure, Cuculet
In all these valley and itineraries there exist variants or connections, but also of big routes like:
The corridor of Fréaux
The corridor of Polichinel
The corridor of Maison Neuve
The valley of Chateau Borel
… and many others
South slope, Le Chazelet.
The Chazelet ski station and its ski lifts take us to the Plateau d ‘Emparis and to the summit of Plagnes, at 2100 m.
From the peaks of these ski lifts, we can in a few hours of ski touring join the many peaks and surrounding peaks:
The Signal of La Grave
The Paquier du Roi
The Petit Buffe
The Gros Têt
And from these summits we can make beautiful crossing on the village of Besse, the Hameau de Valfroide, the village of Hières, Terrasses or Villar d’Arêne.
South face of La Grave-Les Deux Alpes.
On the southern slope of the Dome of Lauze, we find several big routes that brings us to the Vallon de la Selle and the Village of Saint Christophe en Oisans.
These routes are mainly by gravity, but there are some wonderful variants for those who want to practice a ski tour
Face sud de la Selle, classique, or Ruisseau du Col de La Lauze
L’Olympique or Valley of the Côte Seche
Rama, or more exactly the south face of the Col de Puy Salié and the Ruisseau de La Jougna
… and many others