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Duncan Spink
Posted: 20/03/17
Freshtracks La Grave Adventure
Overall rating: 5 stars
Duncan Spink
Visited: March 2017

This was my third time in La Grave and it was the best! Because of the wild nature of La Grave you are always at the mercy of the weather and on previous visits I have spent as few as two days skiing at La Grave. This time, however, the snow was near perfect - fresh tracks in 20-30cm powder from day 1. It was so good that the guides took the groups down a 40+deegree couloir run called 'La Voute' - something they have never done with a SCGB group before, so a Ski Club first descent!!
Variable though the weather and snow may be, the constant superlatives in La Grave are the guides the Ski Club uses ( Philippe Andre and Jean-Yves Hubaud) who manage to sniff out some great skiing throughout the week.
One other feature of La Grave that should not be forgotten is Freshtrack's accommodation at the Auberge Edelweiss. The Apres is fairly quiet and laid back but the owners and staff are very friendly, there's a great bar, plenty of good food and an extensive wine selection to wash it all down.
I will be back.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Julian Bone
Posted: 03/03/14
Cosy resort for off piste enthusiasts only
Overall rating: 5 stars
Julian Bone
Visited: February 2014

A must do resort for any serious off piste skier.
The terrain is refreshingly steep and varied, no crowds due to its specialist nature, however on a powder day you will want to be on the first lift!
The lift is susceptible to wind due to its altitude at the top, this may not matter as there are several good alternative interesting resorts within a half hour drive.
The local guides are well organised and used to quickly ferrying groups around to get worthwhile days every day.
Ok I admit it we were lucky to have 40cm powder, fresh and light for two days!
We also had a warmer day of mainly breakable and soft wet snow at the bottom, the sort of 'technical' snow you need occasionally.
The Edelweiss is excellent, all the other guests are off piste skiers, choice of menu at dinner, good integrated skiroom with bench and not crowded.
There are several bars shops etc. in the town.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
4 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
Malcolm Bentley
Posted: 13/10/13
iconic off piste resort
Overall rating: 5 stars
Malcolm Bentley
Visited: February 2012

La Grave is only off piste and the reason to go there is steep. Nevertheless there is plenty of off piste of all types and we had fantastic snow and conditions. The neighbouring areas provide great opportunities for touring and we skinned up for over 2 hours one day to access beautiful open untracked fields ending up at a remote restaurant.
As far as steep is concerned, the more intrepid abseiled into one couloir, which only opened out after a long, very steep pitch of jump turns.
The village has a great atmosphere with everyone there to ski off piste with guides and our hotel, the Edelweiss, run by the welcoming Englishman Robin and his delightful wife Marlon, always has an excellent ambiance with food and wines belying its 2 star rating.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
4 stars
Above the couloir
Above the couloir
Abseiling into the couloir
Abseiling into the couloir
At the top after skinning
At the top after skinning
Edward Silva
Posted: 26/01/13
Lose weight- be prepared to sweat and improve quickly.
Overall rating: 5 stars
Edward Silva
Visited: January 2009

Nothing is easy and it is a big mistake to think that Vallons and Chancel are easy.

You can't relax anywhere.

Nor should you it is fantastic in every way. But be fit and don't take new boots / skis.

Hotel Edelweiss is a must.

Very friendly.

Food at Refuge Chancel heavenly, traverse from bottom of Chancel to P1 hell.

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
5 stars
Eating:
5 stars
Apres:
5 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
David Horgan
Posted: 06/12/12
What a place- wild and wonderful skiing!!
Overall rating: 5 stars
David Horgan
Visited: December 2011

Finally realised a long ambition by going to to La Grave I was the very first guest at Skiers Lodge, arriving on St Stephens Day (Boxing day), run by the superb Swedish guide Pelle Lang & his charming wife Ayse. The town is rustic and raw and still looks a little like its not fully repaired after WW2. At the lodge great food, lovely people and superb guiding, it had all the hallmarks of a great trip.

We got buckets of powder overnight so we were able to ski down the street to the ski lift after breakfast. The avalanche briefing consists of 10 local guides who do the first mountain scouting run & then give a presentation on what to expect, the agreed ava warning, what to watch out for, using laminates- its raw and its bloody great!

When you get on the mountain it doesn't disappoint, Loads of great tree skiing available, We took the lift to the top so were able to do the banana couloir and a good few of the itineries off there. On day 2, we skiied the glacier 4-5 times with different routes each time- it was wonderful. On day 3 we did an itinery down into Les Freux which had as its main challenge a 35degree couloir,~30 ft wide, with rocks on 1 side and a river &glacier ice on the other, oh and some snow so you could just find a way to navigate down- wonderful!!

On day 4 we went to Les Deux Alpes which was fine but forgettable as conditions were poor. On the last day we had snow so we spent most of the day in the trees off the left and dipping in and out of the glacier area in La Grave.

Every night we enjoyed a nice meal, a few bevies and tried to get our tired limbs ready for the next assault. A great 5 days skiing - for anyone who is competent off piste, has a good spirit of adventure & a can do attitude, this place is Nirvana- enjoy!!

p.s. pity is that logistics are preventing me repeating the same trip this year-mind you never say never...

Slopes:
5 stars
Accommodation:
4 stars
Eating:
4 stars
Apres:
3 stars
Value for money:
5 stars
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La Grave 'Les Freux'
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La Grave 'Les Freux' Couloir
La Grave 'Les Freux' Couloir
La Grave 'Les Freux' Couloir

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