Queyras Mountain Guides

Backcountry Ski Touring

Do you dream of venturing off the beaten path (or rather piste), far away from crowded slopes and long lift lines?
Do you long for the pensive solitude of the backcountry, to take full advantage of the mountains in winter?

Ski touring offers it all. Spend a spectacular day in the peace and quiet of the mountains. Gaze at breathtaking landscapes on the way up and enjoy untracked thrills on the way down.
With modern touring gear, backcountry skiing is easier than you think. If you feel comfortable skiing intermediate runs and making parallel turns, then backcountry ski touring is for you!
The mountains of the Queyras offer something for everyone, from beginners to experts.

So give in to the temptation of ski touring, once you’ve tried it, you will find it hard to go back to skiing at the resort!

On demand

One day

Backcountry Ski Touring

First Time
Spend a day discovering the backcountry for the first time: learn basic technique, understand the key safety guidelines, and get to know your gear.
  • • On demand
One day

Backcountry Ski Touring

Day tours
One day tour to discover one of the wonderful itinerary of Queyras
  • • On demand
Two days or more

Backcountry Ski Touring

Weekend tour
The beauty of a night spent high up in the mountains in winter combined with two fantastic days skiing
  • • On demand
According to destination

Ski touring trip

Journey from huts to huts
A great way to travel and see the world, skiing allows you to discover new horizons.
  • • On demand
One day

Ride hard, ride safe

DVA and avalanche awareness
To increase your knowledges and to have the safe behaviour
  • • On demand

Technical gear

  • A 30 liter (approximate) backpack
  • A mountaineering helmet*
  • Ski poles with powder baskets (telescopic poles will not work for skiing)
  • Properly-tuned skis (waxed bases, sharp edges, and correctly-adjusted bindings)
  • Climbing skins fit to skis and in good condition
  • Ski crampons
  • Transceiver, shovel, and probe*
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Depending on the route, a harness, crampons, and ice axe*

*Gear we can provide if necessary. Please let us know before the outing what gear you need.

Personal gear

  • Backcountry ski touring boots
  • Warm hiking or ski socks (no cotton!)
  • Waterproof mountaineering or ski pants
  • Base layers – expedition weight – top and bottom
  • Waterproof hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or other)
  • Insulated down parka
  • Fleece jacket or warm insulated jacket
  • Fast-wicking t-shirt base layer
  • Two pairs of gloves (1 lightweight, 1 warm)
  • Fleece/wool hat (which ideally covers your ears)
  • Baseball cap or sun hat in the spring
    Neck warmer/balaclava
  • High altitude sunglasses (Level 4 UV protection)
  • Ski goggles
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • 1.5 liter water bottle or 1 liter thermos, depending on the weather. In spring you will need at least 1.5 liters of water!
  • Snack and lunch food, including energy bars
  • In a Ziploc bag: cash, credit/debit card, 2 or 3 checks (huts rarely take debit/credit cards), health insurance card, proper identification
  • Lightweight survival blanket
  • Compact camera

For overnight trips

  • Spare base layer t-shirt
  • Spare pair of hiking socks (not cotton!)
  • Lightweight sleeping sack (blankets provided at hut)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • French Alpine Club (CAF) or other alpine club (CAI, BMC, AAC, etc.) membership card if you have one, a couple of checks or cash (huts rarely accept debit/credit cards).
  • A small personal first-aid kit with aspirin or acetaminophen/paracetamol, ear plugs, tissues, and Compeed® for blisters. There is no need for anything else unless otherwise specified by your doctor.
  • Some huts have showers. Ask us ahead of time, and if there is a shower make sure you bring a lightweight travel towel and a small amount of soap.



 

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