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Our 'Ski Savoie' Road Trip Around The Alps

Published on 4th Oct 2018 by

This epic week makes the most of touring the Savoie region of the French Alps, which encompasses skiing several of Europe’s super-resorts

This trip takes in Courchevel, Val d'Isere and La Plange, where the infrastructure is extremely well prepared to help you reach summits, drive between resorts and access all backcountry aspects and elevations in order to ski the best off-piste conditions during your visit. We’ve put an eight-day itinerary together, that visits some of the region’s most famous areas with six full days skiing and touring, two nights in mountain huts and some heli-skiing to finish your trip…

Sound like your kind of adventure?

  • Day 1: Arrive Chambery airport and head for Courchevel.
  • Day 2: Ski Courchevel, overnight in hut.
  • Day 3: Ski tour day, overnight in hut.
  • Day 4: Ski tour back to Courchevel, drive to La Plagne.
  • Day 5: Lift served day in La Plagne, drive to Sainte Foy.
  • Day 6: Lift served day in Sainte Foy, drive to Val d’Isere.
  • Day 7: Heli ski day in Val d’Isere.
  • Day 8: Back to Chambery airport.
Courchevel,  Tarentaise Valley, France

Day 1:Arrive Chambery airport and head for Courchevel.

Fly to Chambery Airport and rent a vehicle for the week. Courchevel is just one hour and 20 minutes drive from the airport - you might even manage to squeeze in an afternoon ski! Enjoy an evening in Courchevel, pick up some supplies and be sure to purchase the correct map for your travels during the next few days: 3534 OT Carte de Randonee Les Trois Vallees Modane.

Day 2: Ski Courchevel, overnight in hut.

Use the morning to find your ski legs in Courchevel resort. Once you’ve satisfied those ski cravings, take the Chanrossa or Roc Merlet chairlifts to the Col de Chanrossa. Once at the top tour south and ascend the 170m vertical to summit Roc Merlet. Continue touring through the Pas du Roc Merlet and descend to the Refuge de Lacs Merlet for a cosy night’s sleep in the Vanoise National Park’s smallest ski and climbing refuge. The hut is not manned during the winter, so you will need to bring your own food (blankets are available).

Day 3: Ski tour day, overnight in hut.

Today’s ski and touring objective is Petit Mont Blanc, which lies to the east of the refuge. Enjoy a gently undulating route past the Chalets de la Grande Val and Col des Sauces before making the final ascent to 2,680m. From the summit follow the ridge south and pass through the Col du Mone before skiing the descent to the Refuge du Roc de la Peche. This luxurious hut is fully manned all year round but be sure to make a booking in advance. Here you can enjoy a three course dinner, a private bedroom and even a quick dip in the Jacuzzi! Serious ski touring luxury!

Day 4: Ski tour back to Courchevel, drive to La Plagne.

After a tasty breakfast at the refuge you will tour north along the valley floor until you almost reach the Pont de Gerlon. Head west and make the 850m ascent back to the Col de Sauces. Continue north and enjoy skiing a mellow descent with some playful pitches all the way down the valley to join the Vallee des Avals, at the end of which you will find yourself back in Courchevel 1650 – and surely ready for a beer! Once refueled, locate your vehicle and make the hour-long drive to La Plagne.

All resorts are easily reached by road
Macot-La-Plagne, Rhone-Alpes, France
Macot-La-Plagne, Rhone-Alpes, France

Day 5: Lift served day in La Plagne, drive to Sainte Foy.

Spend the day exploring the endless ski possibilities of La Plagne resort. The bowl under Le Tougne provides some great introductory off piste slopes or if you are looking for something more challenging, test yourself on the north face of the Bellecote (around 35 degrees at the top). Alternatively, Canadian’s Couloir and the Couloir du Cairn provide some steep skiing descents but do require a half hour scramble to reach the entry. Another great option is to ski to Champagny via the Cul du Nant glacier which often holds the powder well after a snowfall. After a great day of exploring, jump back in the car and make the 50 minute drive to Sainte Foy.

Day 6: Lift served day in Sainte Foy, drive to Val d’Isere.

The small but perfectly formed resort of Sainte Foy is a beautiful doorstep to an easily accessed expanse of off piste possibilities. Just 400m from the Aiguille chairlift sits the Col de la Foglietta which gives access to a 1,500m descent. It is possible to make the climb back to Sainte Foy from Le Crot, or alternatively arrange a taxi from La Masure. At the end of the day make the final 30 minute road trip up to Val d’Isere.

Day 7: Heli ski day in Val d’Isere.

After all this hiking and touring we think you deserve a treat… Heli-ski anyone? Take in the mountains from a whole new perspective, and reach the un-reachable.

After an awesome day skiing end your epic trip with a party in the vibrant Val d’Isere town centre, at one of their famous apres bars.

Day 8: Back to Chambery airport.

Make the two hour drive back to Chambery airport feeling utterly accomplished, if not a little worse for wear!

Heli-ski in Val d'Isere
Heli-Ski in Val d'Isere
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