DÔMES DE LA VANOISE SKI TOUR
Ski the Vanoise glaciers between the Tarantais and Maurienne valleys
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This tour is in the heart of the Vanoise National Park (Savoie), the first park created in France in 1963. The park is adjacent to the Italian Gran Paradiso National Park, forming a large area originally dedicated to the protection of the Alpine ibex. The highlight of the week is the climb of the Dome de Polset at 3500m, accessed via the Gébroulaz glacier. The week will provide plenty of opportunities to explore the glaciers of the region.
• Summit the Dome de Chasseforet and Dome de Polset
• Spend the week within the Vanoise National Park
• Spot the Alpine ibex
GRADE : D2 : A2 : F2
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This price includes :
• 6 days guided ski touring with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide
• 7 nights accommodation
• All dinners, breakfasts & picnic lunches
• Transfer from/to Moutiers (Salins Brides-les-Bains) train station
• Lift passes
• Hire gear
Transfer from the train station of Moutiers - Salins - Brides-les-Bains to Pralognan-la-Vanoise (40 mins). Meet with the guide in our accommodation there to check gear, have a briefing and discussion of the week’s conditions before heading off to dinner.
We depart directly from Pralognan-la-Vanoise and use the lifts to head up to the small Barmettes Refuge at 2000m. From here we climb up to the Refuge du Col de la Vanoise at 2517m, and can do a warm up tour and a few turns, along with checking our avalanche safety equipment.
We head out towards the Col du Dard (3120m) which is followed by a short descent to the Col du Pelve (2950m) before our ascent of the Dome de Chasseforet at 3586m over parts of the Vanoise glaciers. A lovely descent follows to the Refuge de l’Arpont at 2310m with glorious views over the Maurienne Valley.
A new day and another ascent to the Labby Pass at 3328m. From here we continue to the Refuge de la Dent Parrachée at 2515m. We are now in the Maurienne valley.
A short ascent and short descent starts our day and we pass just next to the Refuge du Fond d’Aussois. From here we head up to the Aussois Pass (2916m) and we are then back in the Tarentaise Valley. Depending on how we are feeling we have a couple of different options to reach the Refuge de Péclet Polset at 2450m.
With lightened packs we ascend the Dome de Polset (3326m) via the Glacier de Gébroulaz. A great descent follows to return to the refuge where we collect the remainder of our gear before descending further to the Refuge du Roc de la Pêche at 1903m, once shepherds huts during the summer.
Return to Pralognan via the Vallonnet Pass (2653m). A last north facing descent takes us to the cross country ski pistes from where we can find our way home.
Transfer back to the train station at Moutiers for onward transport.