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Vallons de la Meije

VALLONS DE LA MEIJE SKI AREA

On the Slopes
The Vallons de la Meije domain is almost totally off-piste and is only suitable for advanced riders, preferably accompanied by a qualified local guide.
Local Sectors
Other than three blue-graded secured routes on the Glacier de la Girose, there are no real pistes as such. There are no avalanche-protection systems, no slope signs and no boundary ropes. This is a big-mountain station in the true spirit of freeride.
You can roam wherever your inspiration leads, but this requires a very high level of technical ability and mountain-lore expertise.

Vallons de la Meije Route  Descending to the skier's right of the cable cars, this is the most famous of the two classic routes down to La Grave. The top section is steep and rocky, but not extreme; the rest of the upper half is wide and open and often gets tracked-out to a piste-like condition. The lower half is much tougher, descending all the way to the valley floor and requiring a hike out up to the village.

Vallons de Chancel Route  This second classic route ranges out into the steep and rugged terrain far to the skier's left of the cable cars. The upper section passes through some challenging rocky ground before traversing over to the Refuge Chancel, a fully functioning mountain refuge perched atop a cliff.
The mid-section of the run gives a good workout over wild and gnarly terrain, with a tricky traverse through the forest to reach the cable car and/or to join the lower section of the Vallons de la Meije route to the valley floor.

Les Deux Alpes Link  Using the uppermost button tow on the Glacier de la Girose, it's possible to stroll/skate over the relatively flat summit of the Dôme de la Lauze to link into the ski area at Les 2 Alpes, and vice versa. But, be aware that the link lifts close as early as 15:00 hrs, and they often close completely and unexpectedly when weather conditions deteriorate. In such circumstances, the only way back is an expensive 26 km (16¼ miles) taxi ride!
La Grave piste map

PISTE MAP

Vallons de la Meije
Because this ski area is almost exclusively off-piste, the local piste map is really just a simple access information map, but it does illustrate the most popular routes.

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SKI AREA DATA

Statistics given are for the Vallons de la Meije domain:

Altitude Range
1400–3550 m
(4593–11,647 ft)

Vertical Drop
2150 m (7054 ft)

Ski Lifts
2 cable cars
1 chairlift*
2 button tows
(*not in everyday operation)

Pistes
3 blue
(on the Glacier de la Girose)
All main routes are off-piste

Snowmaking
None

Mountain Restaurants
3 sites
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