The free-spirited philosophy that draws big-mountain and back-country riders from all over the world to La Grave is encapsulated in part by the station's mad annual Derby de la Meije. Traditionally held on the first weekend of April, this summit to base race is a free-for-all descent with no set route and no rules dictating which equipment can be used: skis, snowboard, Telemark, monoboard, blades, skwal, skibob, snowscoot, mountain bike (yes, you read that correctly); indeed, anything except the cable car. The quickest rider to reach the bottom wins!
As well as the famous Vallons de la Meije freeride domain, which has high-altitude links to Les 2 Alpes
, there are also three other [small] ski areas close to La Grave:
Le Chazelet (7 pistes: 4 green, 1 blue, 2 red); Villar d'Arène (Nordic circuits); and the Col du Lautaret (popular with Speed Riders).