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The Three Wise Men Crossing

Valfréjus - The Three Kings Crossing - Baptiste Thomas - HMVT
  • Valfréjus - The Three Kings Crossing - Baptiste Thomas - HMVT

The Traversée des Rois Mages commemorates one of the oldest ski crossings in the Alps, between Modane (73) and Bardonecchia (IT). An event open to all independent ski tourers, whatever their physical or technical level.


The Traversée des Rois Mages brings together hundreds of amateur ski tourers every last Sunday in March. From Valfréjus, in Haute Maurienne Vanoise, the skiers leave in the direction of the Thabor refuge. They then continue to the refuge des Rois Mages, in the heart of the Granges de la Vallée Etroite, on the Briançonnais side, at the Italian border.

Several courses are proposed (initiation, intermediate or sport) so that each skier can participate according to his desires or his level. High mountain and 100% natural routes, which are open and recognized by mountain professionals.

Participants can follow these routes independently with their club (CAF) or benefit from the supervision of volunteers from French and Italian alpine clubs. The routes are also closed by a wire-tie. After lunch at the Rois Mages hut, the participants take the bus to return to Valfréjus via Bardonecchia (Italy) and the Fréjus road tunnel.

An Italian territory until the Second World War, the Vallée Étroite is now a French territory attached to the commune of Névache. The Traversée (and the refuge) takes its name from the chainon des Rois Mages which dominates the valley.

Registration and payment on the internet.
Your registration includes :
- Transport :
Transfer by bus
Passage through the Fréjus tunnel;
Luggage transportation.

- Catering :
Coffee and croissants in Valfréjus ;
Snack at the Thabor refuge;
Hot meal in the two huts of Valle Stretta.

Provisional schedule :

RDV: at 7:00 am at the Thabor hut in Valfréjus
or at 6:30 am at pian del col (Bardonecchia) for the transport to Valfréjus
Return by bus to Valfréjus around 16H00

The participants have their own equipment and must have :
1. a shovel, a probe and an avalanche beacon (DVA or ARVA)
2. an identity card (border crossing)
For participants from the valley who have it, they must have a valid Valfréjus ski pass or an annual pass from a Haute Maurienne Vanoise resort 2022-2023 (to access the Valfréjus lifts at the start).


  • In the mountains
  • In the high mountains
  • Ski resort

Opening period

Sunday, March 31, 2024 from 6am to 4pm.

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian



Animals accepted : No

sunday, march 31, 2024 at 06:00 a.m.
The Three Wise Men Crossing
  • Sports competition
Maison du Thabor Maison du Thabor 73500 Valfréjus