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The Three Wise Men Crossing

Valfréjus - Traversée des Rois Mages - Baptiste Thomas - HMVT
  • Valfréjus - Traversée des Rois Mages - 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. From Valfréjus, in Haute Maurienne Vanoise, skiers set off in the direction of the Thabor refuge. They then continue to the Rois Mages refuge, in the heart of the Granges de la Vallée Etroite, on the Briançonnais side of the Italian border.

There are several routes to choose from (beginner, intermediate or sportive), so that every skier can participate according to his or her level of ability. These 100% natural, high-mountain routes are open and recognized by mountain professionals.

Participants can ski these routes on their own with their club (CAF) or with the help of volunteers from French and Italian alpine clubs. The routes are also closed by a wire-tie. After lunch on arrival at the Rois Mages refuge, participants take the bus back to Valfréjus via Bardonecchia (Italy) and the Fréjus road tunnel.

An Italian territory until the Second World War, the Vallée Étroite is now French territory and part of 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 online.
Your registration includes :
- Transport :
Bus transfer
Passage through the Fréjus tunnel;
Luggage transport.

- Catering :
Coffee and croissants at Valfréjus ;
Snacks at the Thabor refuge;
Hot meals in the two Valle Stretta refuges.

Provisional timetable:

RDV: at 7:00 am at the Thabor hut in Valfréjus
or at 6:30 a.m. at pian del col (Bardonecchia) for transport to the Valle Stretta hut. Valfréjus
Return by bus to Valfréjus around 4.00 pm

Please note!
Participants are responsible for their own equipment and must have :
1. shovel probe and avalanche beacon (DVA or ARVA)
2. identification (border crossing)
For participants from the valley who have it, bring a valid Valfréjus ski pass or an annual pass for a Haute Maurienne Vanoise 2023-2024 resort (to access the Valfréjus lifts at the start).


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

Opening period

Sunday, March 9, 2025 from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Date to be confirmed.

Cancelled in case of bad weather.

Additional opening

  • Dates to be confirmed

  • Cancelled in case of bad weather

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French
  • Italian



Animals accepted : No

sunday, march 9, 2025
The Three Wise Men Crossing
  • Sports competition
Maison du Thabor 73500 Valfréjus