Overview

This guidebook provides an introduction to ski touring in France's Savoie département and covers the Vanoise National Park and surrounding area. Routes across all the major areas of the region including tours of all levels of difficulty and of all styles, from one-day trips to multi-day, hut-to-hut journeys. Skiing exploded in Savoie in the 1960s and 1970s, when every mountain village wanted to exploit the 'white gold' that fell every winter. Despite the massive development of ski resorts, including some of the ...
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Vanoise Ski Touring

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Overview

This guidebook provides an introduction to ski touring in France's Savoie département and covers the Vanoise National Park and surrounding area. Routes across all the major areas of the region including tours of all levels of difficulty and of all styles, from one-day trips to multi-day, hut-to-hut journeys. Skiing exploded in Savoie in the 1960s and 1970s, when every mountain village wanted to exploit the 'white gold' that fell every winter. Despite the massive development of ski resorts, including some of the biggest and best in the world, many areas remained untouched and became the reserve of ski tourers. It is in these untouched areas that you will find the real 'white gold' of Savoie. The guide is aimed at skiers who find the magnificent, unspoilt scenery and peace and quiet of the mountains as exhilarating as the thrill of a perfect descent. The tours that have been chosen reflect the variety of landscape and skiing that makes ski touring in Savoie so special. The guide is divided into 12 chapters, which describe 63 days of skiing, with over 100 additional alternatives and variations. Many of the tours start from resorts and can be combined with a resort-based ski holiday.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849657334
  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Publication date: 11/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Most peoples' lives contain at least one significant turning point. Mine came in 1995 - on my 32nd birthday - when I moved to France to join my wife, Alice, who had found a job at the University of Savoie in Chambry. For the previous fourteen years, my love for the outdoors had found its outlet almost exclusively in rock-climbing, mostly in the UK. The change of address very quickly led to a change of focus with, at first, mountain biking, and then ski touring and road cycling taking up ever greater amounts of my free time. With the whole of the French Alps on my doorstep, I had a whole new playground to explore and, working as an English teacher, I had the time to make the best of it. Over the last ten years, I have come to know many of the Alpine massifs extremely well but, at the same time, I feel I have hardly scratched the surface of what my adopted home has to offer. The guides I have put together for Cicerone were motivated by a desire to share the joy I have found ski touring and cycling in the French Alps.
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Table of Contents

CHAPTER ONE: The Lauzière
Day 1: The Pointe de Combe Bronsin
Day 2: Traverse of Mont Bellacha
Day 3: The Grand Arc
Day 4: Traverse of the Pointe des Marmottes Noires
Day 5: The Pic du Rognolet
Day 6: The Grand Pic de la Lauzière
Alternatives


CHAPTER TWO: The Belledonne
Day 1: La Bourgeat Noire to the Refuge de l'Oule
Day 2: Traverse of the Col de Comberousse and the Col de la Valloire
Day 3: Traverse of the Col de l'Eglise and the Col de Morétan
Day 4: Tour of the Pic Nord du Merlet
Day 5: Tour of the Grand Morétan
Alternatives



CHAPTER THREE: The Beaufortain
Day 1: Granier to the Refuge de la Coire
Day 2: Tour of the Crêt du Rey
Day 3: Traverse of the Col du Mont Coin and the Col du Bresson
Day 4: Traverse of the Col du Grand Fond and the Col de la Nova
Day 5: Traverse of the Mont Rosset
Alternatives
Other Itneraries



CHAPTER FOUR: Valloire
Day 1: Traverse of the Pointe des Raticières
Day 2: The Aiguille de l'Epaisseur
Day 3: The Col des Aiguilles d'Arves
Day 4: Traverse of the Crête d'Argentière
Alternatives
Other Itineraries



CHAPTER FIVE: The Tour of the Mont Thabor
Day 1: Traverse of the Col de Fontaine Froide
Day 2: Traverse of the Col de l'Etroit du Vallon and the Crête de Mome
Day 3: The Pic du Lac Blanc
Day 4: Traverse of the Rocher de la Grande Tempête
Day 5: The Roche Château
Day 6: Traverse of the Mont Thabor
Alternatives



CHAPTER SIX: The North Vanoise
Day 1: Le Bois to the Refuge de Plaisance
Day 2: The Dme des Pichères
Day 3: Traverse of the Pointe de Vallaisonnay
Day 4: The Col de la Grande Casse
Day 5: The Col du Tougne
Alternatives
Other Itineraries



CHAPTER SEVEN: The Glaciers de la Vanoise
Day 1: Les Prioux to the Refuge de la Valette
Day 2: Traverse of the Dme de Chasseforêt
Day 3: Traverse of the Col du Moine
Day 4: Traverse of the Pointe de l'Observatoire
Day 5: The Dme de Polset
Alternatives



CHAPTER EIGHT: Val d'Isère
Tour A
Day 1: Val d'Isère to the Refuge de Prariond
Day 2: The Pointe de la Galise
Day 3: The Grande Aiguille Rousse
Alternatives
Tour B
Day 1: Val d'Isère to the Refuge du Fond des Fours
Day 2: Traverse of the Pointe de Méan Martin
Day 3: Traverse of the Pointe de la Sana
Alternatives



CHAPTER NINE: The Ambin Valley
Day 1: The Le Suffet to the Refuge d'Ambin
Day 2: The Mont d'Ambin
Day 3: The Pointe Sommeiller
Day 4: The Pointe Ferrand
Day 5: Traverse of the Petit Vallon
Alternatives
Other Itineraries



CHAPTER TEN: Avérole
Day 1: Bessans to the Refuge d'Avérole
Day 2: The Col de la Bessanèse
Day 3: The Ouille d'Arbéron
Day 4: Traverse of the Albaron
Alternatives
Other Itineraries



CHAPTER ELEVEN: Carro/Evettes
Day 1: Ecot to the Refuge du Carro
Day 2: The Levanna Occidentale
Day 3: The Grande Aiguille Rousse
Day 4: The Carro-Evettes Traverse
Day 5: The Petite Ciamarella
Day 6: The Pointe Francesetti
Alternatives
Other Itineraries



CHAPTER TWELVE: Ski Mountaineering
The Aiguille des Glaciers
The Aiguille de la Grande Sassière
The Mont Pourri
The Grande Casse
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