Welcome to the French Mecca of powder skiing. This cross-border ski safari takes you to La Grave classic big mountain ski itineraries all the way to the surrounding larch forests. Discover the glaciers of the Écrins National Park in the heart of an alpine region where off-piste skiing options are plentyful.

Level 3 / 5


Price: 1990€

Valid until: 15/09/20


Price: 1990€

Valid until: 15/09/20

Valid until: 15/09/20

La Grave - La Meije - Serre Chevalier - Sestriere - San Sicario

Explore untracked and wild ski itineraries between France and Italy.

When you arrive at La Grave you can see straight away that you are not in a classic ski resort. The old cable car provides access to the Girose glacier in the Meije massif at the gates of the Ecrins National Park. In a high mountain atmosphere, your guide will take you to ski long itineraries of 2000 mts of vertical drop to discover the valleys and wild couloirs that lead to the hamlets below.

A few kilometers away, just behind the Lautaret pass, Monetier-Les-Bains is linked to the Serre-Chevalier ski area. You will enjoy skiing between well-spaced century-old larches for a stopover on the road to San Sicario.

The last stage of this ski safari takes place in Italy, based in San Sicario, in an authentic 18th century farmhouse. Two days of skiing in the Piemont region will allow you to discover some peaks and ski routes of the upper valley of Susa and Sestrière. You will appreciate the Farinosa ( local name for powder snow) in the many ski itineraries of the immense Milky Way ski area.


What you will do during your trip

Off-piste skiing for six daysdiscovering the highest peaks and new valleys with small villages each day.

Performing descents from 1500 to 2000 meters of vertical, crossing the most beautiful summits and passes of the region.

Staying in a typical 18th century Piedmont farmhouse and enjoying delicious meals cooked with farm produce.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

The 9V guides use and recommend backcountry skis from 95 mm to 120 mm wide, depending on your size. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings with ski stops, these skis are fairly light, allowing you to ski with ease and save your legs in all types of snow. We recommend 4-hook freerando boots with 60° of travel.

Nop, we rather be slackcountry skiing. Slackcountry or sidecountry skiing is a mix of classic freeride/powder skiing with one or more short walks on foot or with skins from the top of the lifts. The aim is to quickly reach the beautiful powdery, trackless slopes, even when it hasn’t snowed for a long time. The emphasis is on the pleasure of the descent rather than the effort of the ascent.
Slackcountry skiing is THE powder guarantee!

As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.

BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.

You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.

Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.

If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.

If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.

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DAY 1: Meet at the Hotel Edelweiss in the center of La Grave.
Meeting at 6.30 p.m. – Meeting with the guide, checking of everyone’s equipment and distribution of the safety equipment provided. Meal and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2: Ski La Grave – La Meije
In the morning, the Grave cable car takes you in 30 minutes to an altitude of approximately 3200 mts, dropping you in a unique setting of large glacial expanses, steep couloirs where you can leave you tracks far from the marked trails and ski lift towers. You will start the day with an off-piste safety briefing. At noon, get ready for the famous “Grand 9V Picnic”. From Les Vallons de La Meije, ski back all the way down to the river La Romanche, then a short walk will take us back to the Hotel Edelweiss.

DAY 3: Ski from La Grave towards St Christophe en Oisans
Wide open spaces and virgin snow for this endless descent to the hamlet of St Christophe. 2000 mts of powder skiing in a wild valley. Return by taxi to the hotel. Overnight in Edelweiss.

DAY 4: Ski la Grave
Once again your guide will carefully choose some ski route with good snow for this last day in La Grave!

DAY 5: Ski Serre-Chevalier – Pelvoux
Depart early in the morning for a 30-minute drive to reach the village of Monetier-Les-Bains. A day of great skiing with a long descent to the typical village of Pelvoux in the Vallouise valley. Return by taxi to our cars followed by a 40-min drive to San Sicario. Overnight in Barbagust.

DAY 6: Ski San Sicario – Sauze d’Oulx
A great day of skiing through the vast and mosty untracked area of the Milky Way. You will love the Italian farinosa snow! Overnight in Barbagust.

DAY 7: Ski San Sicario – Sestrière
We will end this ski trip in style with a grand tour of the Milky Way ski area. Possibility of heli-skiing (option). You will then have traveled the most beautiful off-piste itineraries in one of the snowiest regions of the Alps. Overnight in Barbagust.

DAY 8: Breakfast – End of Ski Safari

The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.

Hotels and Huts

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Hotels and Huts

We have chosen typical accommodation in each valley, so you can experience the authentic mountain atmosphere. Run by local families, they have their own history in the valley. The hoteliers give us a warm welcome and the hotels comfort is remarkable. Each dinner will be like a well-deserved feast after a good day of skiing in the mountains! To cope with the two hotel changes, plan to pack practical and light luggage!

HOTEL EDELWEISS at La Grave. It is the meeting point for all lovers of off-piste skiing. The atmosphere is warm and mountainous and the comfort of the fully renovated rooms is worthy of a superior class hotel. The setting is exceptional and all the rooms have a beautiful view of the Meije glaciers…

BARBAGUST FARMHOUSE is located in the small hamlet of San Sicario in the middle of the mountains. It is accessible by car but also by skiing through fields. This 18th century farmhouse is still operated by the family patriarch who is now 90 years old. His children and grandchildren take care of the hotel and catering business … The rooms all have a bathroom and are decorated with traditional furniture. Each meal is prepared with products from the farm, accompanied by the owner’s wine and a tasty “Grappa”, typical italian liqueur.

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Full-time supervision for 6/7 people by a fully certified UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide specialist of the region.


6 days ski pass for all the ski resorts we cross.


7 nights in comfortable hotels with half board on a double room basis:

– 4 nights at the Hotel l’Edelweiss, with buffet breakfast and gourmet dinner.
– 3 nights at the Barbagust farm, with breakfast and typical meal based on farm products, wine and liqueur included.


To return to our base when we finish skiing in isolated hamlets!


You don't have the famous avalanche beacon, shovel, probe triptych? We can lend it to you. If you have your own safety equipment bring it!

Each guide will have all that is necessary for the safety of his group in his rucksack.

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Compulsory for all trips. A good contract covers mountain rescue, transport to the nearest hospital and repatriation. Check your personal insurance contract which may include this risk.

Considering the costs incurred, this insurance is strongly recommended. A personal contract can be subscribed individually. The cancellation to be covered may be the cancellation of the stay or the refund of the remainder of the stay in the event of an interruption. Check your credit card policy. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance.

For snorers or simply to be more comfortable!

For this ski safari, the 9V guides recommend and use skis of 100 mm under the foot, equipped with touring bindings, climbing skins and ski crampons for hard snow.

Sophisticated backpack designed to prevent burial in an avalanche.

Personal car.


Often group members will pool their money for lunch.

Often group members will pool their money for wine at the dinner table.

Meeting point


From Grenoble : 80 km via the RD 1091 in direction of Oisans’s ski resorts.

From Gap : 120 km via the RN 94 towards Briançon, then RD 1091 towards Grenoble via the Col du Lautaret. The hotel is in the center of the village of La Grave

Grenoble Alpes Isere airport (GNB): 125 km. Information and reservation on

Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport (LYS) : 166 km. Information and reservation on

Geneva airport (GVA) : 223 km. Information and reservation on

Turino Sandro Pertini airport (TRN): 157km. Information and reservation on

Grenoble (Isere) or Briancon (Hautes-Alpes) train station (SNCF):
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From Grenoble, regular link with all major cities in France – TGV link with Paris

From Briançon, regular connection with Gap and Marseille – Night train link with Paris.

Regional nformation , or by phone 0 800 11 40 23 Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

* Opening hours of the counter of the closest SNCF station to La Grave or Villar d’Arène: Briançon station: Every day except Monday: 5:45 am – 8:30 pm Monday: 4:35 am – 8:30 pm

– Website:

– toll-free number: 0 800 11 40 23 free from a landline every day from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

IDTGV Paris – la Grave / Villar d’Arene from € 39 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Only during winter. Info and reservation:

Bus Grenoble bus station / SNCF – La Grave / Villar d’Arène – Briançon. or call 0974 500 750. Reservation required 48 hours in advance on their website or at the La Meije Tourist Office.

Shuttle from Grenoble bus station/SNCF – Lyon Saint Exupery airport or call 0825 825 536

Shuttle Grenoblebus station/SNCF – Geneva airport or call 04 76 60 46 97 Reservation required at least 2 days before.

Shuttle Grenoble bus station/SNCF – Grenoble Alpes Isere airport www.grenoble-altitude/venteenligne or call 04 76 93 40 00 Reservation at least 7 days before.




You can park your personal car in front of the hotels. During the trip, you must drive your car from La Grave to San Sicario.



Don’t forget to bring some specialties from your region. They will be pooled to form a large buffet for the first lunch. Whether at home or elsewhere, these specialties must be transportable in your backpack and consumable without cooking. This buffet is generally grandiose.

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