La Grave is in a class of its own. Don't even try to compare this resort to any other. We are very excited to present you our STEEP WEEKS for snowboarders only. This is an exclusive offer with limited space. We have done all the planning for you and we are ready to show you what La Grave has to offer the serious freerider.
La Grave is not a typical ski resort. It's a mecca for off-piste skiers & snowboarders, offering some of the most exciting and challenging lift-served terrain in the world. We have partnered up with some of the best guides and locals to guarantee you an unforgettable experience. Get ready to ride steep, trees, couloirs and lots of powder!
Perfect your technique in couloirs, trees and steeps, be at ease on all-different types of slopes and snow conditions. The guides will provide advice on technique, while respecting your individual style. Our guides will find the best snow conditions for you EVERY day. You will be guided in groups of max. 6 persons 5 days of the week and we keep 1 day for heliboarding in Italy. You will stay in a hotel where you will enjoy breakfast and 3 course dinners during the week. Everyday we have a Afterski Bar with free beers or tea and snacks! After dinners we will do different clinics every night if you still have the energy
ABILITY & CONDITIONING:
Please consider the following notes before you book your trip to come ride with us.
VISTAS TOURS require that guests have at least intermediate level powder skills. If you have any concerns or doubts about your ability give us a call and we can give you a better idea of what level we expect from guests.
- Guests will need to be in good physical condition. Consider following a conditioning program to prepare for your trip.
- If you are unable to keep up with the group you may be asked to sit out and will not be reimbursed for any missed time riding or skiing.
- Weather and snow conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ski or ride anything.
- If you have never skied powder or shy away from it at you local resort, this is not the place to learn.
- If you have any questions or concerns about your ability please call us to discuss prior to booking.
- In order to prepare your body for maximum performance during your trip with VISTAS TOURS and reduce your chances of fatigue or injury, we recommend you undertake a stretch and strengthening program 4 to 6 weeks prior to your trip.
All guests are required to read and sign a standard insurance waiver. The backcountry is exciting, exhilarating and can be unpredictable. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides.
Reservations & Payment
Reservations are considered tentative until we receive a 50% deposit of the total trip cost. Full payment is required 90 days before your arrival at trip destination. Payment is due in full if your reservation is made within 90 days of your arrival at trip destination.
If you must cancel your reservation, we require written notice. If we receive cancellation notice more than two months before the trip date, your balance will be refunded less a EUR 500 administration fee per person. Additionally, you will be responsible for any non-refundable travel insurance fees. If we receive cancellation notice less than two months before your trip date, the entire balance is non-refundable unless you can fill your spot.
We recommend that our guests carry trip cancellation/interruption insurance and emergency evacuation insurance as a precaution against unforeseen events including but not limited to adverse weather, flight delays/cancellation, injuries, illnesses, and other factors that may disrupt their adventures. Depending on the carrier, trip insurance is typically a fraction of the cost of your trip. Some homeowner insurance policies include travel or trip insurance.
7 Days accommodation in hotel twin rooms
or 3-4 persons room with breakfast and dinner
5 Days Skipass & 5 Days riding with guide in group of 4-6
1 Day Heli Boarding in Italy with transport
1 Day Shooting with Photographer
Beacon Search clinic
Avalanche search and rescue training
Board service Clinics
possibility for single room at extra charge
The ski domain of La Grave – La Meije is unique. There is only one cable car taking skiers and snowboarders to 3200m. There is one small poma lift on the glacier, to 3600m. Besides for one small piste on the glacier the vast domain is all on your own risk. There is no avalanche dynamiting, no marked trails, just a few signs. It is wild terrain and around 2000m of pure mountain experience. There are four ski patrolers, employed by the mayor. Their role: analyze the conditions, informing lift customers on the conditions and together with the guides at the guide bureau taking the decision if the lift could open or not on a daily basis.
We advice you to fly to either Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble. And get a transfer or public transport.
From Grenoble take the RN91 direction Briancon and Gap. After approx. 15 km the road splits. Stay on the RN91 direction Briancon. Grenoble to LA GRAVE is 77 km and takes approx. 1 1/2 hours. Go to LA GRAVE and on your left side you will see the shop Band of Boarders. If traveling by auto route from Geneva to Grenoble, be sure to ignore any GPS directions via the Col du Galibier — this high mountain pass is closed from late November to May. Instead, follow directions to La Grave via Grenoble.
Grenoble train station is serviced by the French TGV (fast train) from Paris (3 hours) and the high-speed Eurostar from London (7 hours) Geneva (1 1/2 hours). GRENOBLE TRAIN Station is frequent connections with all major French towns ; TGV link with Paris.
By Bus:If you are arriving to Grenoble Bus/Train Station. If you catch the bus towards (Grenoble – Briancon) Nr 35 to La Grave. It takes approx. 1,5 hours. There is an additional bus that leaves at 19:00 from Grenoble on FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY to La Grave (arriving at 20:30). This is in addition to the other bus that leaves at 16:45 TO BE UPDATED!
There is a NEW Bus Service from Lyon and Grenoble airports: https://www.linkbus-alps.com
We can also organise private shuttles. Just ask for pricing;-)
Session 1: 23 FEB - 2 MAR 2019
Session 2: 2 MAR - 9 MAR 2019
GEAR WE TRUST PARTNERS:
La Grave has become known as one of the world's most extreme ski resorts, featuring terrain that is usually reserved for backcountry areas in the Chugach, Alps, Himalayas, Andes and Caucus mountain ranges. Simply, La Grave offers lift service to some of the biggest and boldest terrain in the world.
Off piste insurance/ Mountain Rescue insurance
Possibility to rent Splitboards and ABS bags through us.
Ask for prices and equipment
Day 1 Saturday
8pm Welcome dinner
Day 2-7 Sunday-Friday
8-8.30am Meet to check equipment, groups and weather forecast
9am-5pm We ride!
7-8pm Sauna & Shower
8pm Dinner @ Hotel
9.30-10.30pm Snow Class or other activity
Day 8 Saturday
Check out time at 10h00. You are welcome to leave your luggage at the reception after check-out if you want to spend the day in the mountains. You can take a shower in the spa area before you leave La Grave
GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Your guides speak English, German, French, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish.
You will be in the mountains all day. So layer up. Bring a facemask!
Beacon, Shovel & Probe is a must have on all our trips and a minimum knowledge of use is good to have. But we will run a few beacon clinics during your trip. If you don't own this you can rent from us. Book in advance!
You will receive an equipment packing list shortly after your deposit has arrived in our account.
All of the above program is subject to change and weather conditions
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