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La Grave

The world’s best lift access off-piste skiing exists in La Grave, France.  It is simply epic!  This small, quaint farming village overlooks the giant glaciated La Meije massif (13,065′).  Here there are diverse challenges for advanced to expert skiers all accessed by a single Telepherique that rises over 7000′ from the town. La Grave is well known for the couloir skiing, glacier runs, long vertical, and amazing powder. This place will change the way you view off-piste skiing and it will change the way you ski!

All Mountain Adventures offers private and group booking.  We can arrange accommodations, transportation, and dining to offer an all inclusive package.  All you have to do is focus on the skiing…  If you desire just a day or two of skiing we can arrange a seasoned American guide who has extensive experience in La Grave to guide you.  Contact Us to experience La Grave for yourself…


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Skiing Ability

“La Grave/La Meije is not a ski resort!  Most ski resorts adapt to the skier, whereas in La Grave the skier must adapt to the mountain.” – Pelle Lang

Skiing La Grave is for strong intermediate to expert skiers. You should be able to ski black and double black ski area runs with control and confidence. Skiers should be able to ski “off piste” in all types of snow (firm, wet, heavy, and breakable crust).  No ski mountaineering experience is required.  For those who come with experience, we will continue to build on your prior ski mountaineering knowledge.

Powder days

Dreamy conditions

Price Includes:

  • – UIAGM / IFMGA guide
  • – Five nights lodging in La Grave
  • – Breakfast and dinner
  • – Use of avalanche transceiver, climbing harness, shovel and probe (must reserve)

Price Excludes:

  • – Travel to or from La Grave
  • – Lift tickets
  • – Lunches or extra meals in town
  • – Rescue insurance
  • – Travel insurance
  • – Gratuities

Getting To and From

Traveling to Europe is always a bit of an endeavor. If you are flying from North America, it is important to plan your itinerary accordingly as it takes generally a full day to get there (if you leave on a Saturday you’ll arrive on Sunday).  In general, it is best to fly into Lyon airport, take a bus to Grenoble, and then get the taxi shuttle to La Grave.  Below are a few other options that also work getting to La Grave.

  • 1) Once again, the best generally is to fly into the Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport (LYS). Take the bus to Grenoble, which is about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  They leave every hour and tickets can be purchased at the airport and schedules can be found at:  Bus Lyon to Grenoble.pdf.  From the Grenoble Gare (sounds like “car”, which is the main train/bus station) it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes by bus or taxi to La Grave.  Generally the easiest is to arrange a taxi with Taxi de la Meije as the bus from Grenoble to La Grave leaves only twice a day (11:15 am and 5:45 pm). If coming alone the bus is definitely cheaper, but can be a huge hassle. The tickets can be bought at the bus station and the schedule can be found at: Bus Grenoble to La Grave.

  • 2) Another option is to fly into the Geneva, Switzerland Airport (GVA).  From there, you can take a bus to Grenoble.  The schedule can be found at: Bus Geneva to Grenoble.
  • 3) You may also find a flight into the Grenoble Airport and take the taxi shuttle to La Grave from there: Taxi de la Meije

Any questions regarding travel please contact us

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  • Dates: March 2013
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  • Cost: Private Rates
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  • Ratio: 5 skiers to 1 guide

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