Ski touring in Valfréjus
Mythical routesTour du Thabor, Grand Argentier...
Ski touring is practiced from the autonomous season to spring at Valfréjus. Before the lifts open, many enthusiasts put on their skins at the Lavoir, or even directly from Valfréjus, heading for the Thabor, the Grand Argentier... In winter, some take advantage of the Punta Bagna gondola and chairlift to start higher up and reach their goal more easily.
Ski touring is also linked to the Thabor refuge, on the heights of Valfréjus. The refuge is guarded from mid-February to the end of April, and is the ideal site for exceptional outings for all levels: beginners on the Pointe de Terre Rouge side, north-facing on the Gran Bagna side, ski mountaineering on the Roche Bernaude or the Modanais couloir... As for Mont Thabor, it offers an exceptional site and sumptuous panoramic views.
A century of ski touring in Valfréjus
At Valfréjus, ski touring has been practiced since the early 20th century: the area was one of the first to be surveyed on skis by Alpine hunters. The practice soon spread, and it was here that one of the first ski crossings of the Alps was made, between Modane and Bardonecchia. The Traversée des Rois Mages, a ski-touring event that brings together hundreds of skiers on the last Sunday in March, is a reminder of this historic epic.
The mountain is a place of freedom and adventure. But before leaving the open and secure slopes to put on the skins, always make sure you have respected the safety rules: check the quality of the snow cover with the professionals, weather report, shovel, probe, ARVA.
Be accompanied and tell at least one person about your itinerary. The easiest way is to call on the professionals, instructors and guides of the resort who will accompany you in complete safety to enjoy the fresh snow and wide open spaces. In the mountains, you must also know how to give up. It is sometimes tempting to go for a virgin face but if the safety conditions are not met, always play it safe and turn back or choose a less exposed slope.
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