Écrins high route - Ski touring
The Ecrins High Route will take you into a marvellous, snow-filled world that will haunt you for ages. Crossing the Ecrins mountain range takes you close to 4000 m peaks and over passes, breaches, onto summits and through valleys in an 'alone in the world' atmosphere that only Oisans can offer.
Add to that fabulous downhill sections, well-deserved nights in huts and unforgettable views over the prodigious Ecrins range and you have an imperial ski tour!
CLASSIC ROUTE OF ECRIN HIGH ROUTE
> 6 days - +5380 m heigh difference
- Day 1 : + 40 m
Start from La Grave, take the cable car and then the Girose ski lift up to the Col de la Lauze (3512 m). Down to the Refuge de la Selle (2673 m).
- Day 2 : + 700 m
Up to the Col du Replat (3335 m), then down to the Refuge du Châtelleret (2225m).
- Day 3 : + 1540 m
Up to the Col de la Casse Déserte (3483 m), to the summit of the Grande Ruine (3765 m), Refuge de l’Alpe de Villar d'Arène (2079 m) or the Chamoissière (2106m).
- Day 4 : + 1580 m
Traverse of Neige Cordier (3614 m) and down to the Refuge des Ecrins (3175m).
- Day 5 : + 850 m
Up to the Dôme des Ecrins (4015 m) then down to the Refuge du Glacier Blanc (2542 m). (Option of descending to Ailefroide for a return by taxi to La Grave).
- Day 6 : + 900 m
Up to the Col du Monétier (3339 m) and the transverse of the Dômes de Monétier with the descents to Chambrand and arrival at Pelvoux (1719 m). End of the traverse. Return to La Grave by taxi.
Option day 6 : + 820 m
From the Col du Monétier descend the Vallon du Grand Tabuc to Monétier (1650 m). End of the traverse. Return to La Grave by taxi (shorter return).
HIGH ROUTES IN OISANS
Let's discover three High Routes in Oisans… On your skis, get set, go!
- Le tour de la Meije
- La Haute Route des Ecrins
- Le tour des Rouies
High Routes and ski raids are for experienced ski-tourers that also have good skiing and mountaineering skills. They involve several days of ski touring with nights spent in mountain huts.
But you have to start somewhere and you can always throw yourself into the adventure with just a little experience and skill by using mountain guides.
Ski raids can be organised between the end of March and May according to the weather forecast, the amount of snow and hut opening periods. You can of course ski outside of the hut opening periods by using the refuges d’hiver or winter shelters although this means you have to carry your own food.
To organise your High Route, you can find the contact details of the mountain huts on oisans.com.
Ski mountaineering and touring involves risks and all skiers are responsible for their own safety. Make sure you follow ANENA guidelines: anena.org
Depending on snow conditions.