La Grave enjoys cult status among experts. It has around 500 visitor beds and just one serious lift serving a high, wild and almost entirely off-piste mountainside. The result: an exciting, usually crowd-free area. Strictly, you ought to have a guide, but in good weather many people go it alone. La Grave is a small, unspoiled village built along the road up to the Col du Lautaret. A car is useful for access to Les Deux-Alpes down the valley and Serre-Chevalier over the pass.
Pros

Legendary off-piste mountain

Usually crowd-free

Usually good snow conditions

Link to Les Deux-Alpes

Cons

Poor weather means closure

As a holiday base, suitable for experts only

Through-traffic detracts from Alpine village atmosphere

Little to do off the slopes

Good For

Ability
  • Advanced
In Resort
  • Village Charm
On Slope
  • No Queues
  • Snow Reliability

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