A selection of tough ski tours beneath, around and to the summit of the mighty Grande Casse, high above Pralognan-la-Vanoise.
Pralognan-la-Vanoise, in the heart of the Vanoise National Park, is the final settlement before human civilisation gives way to the wilds of the high mountains. It's only a small town but its location, right beneath the legendary Vanoise peaks, make it a ski touring mecca.
The town lies just to the east of the 3 Valleys ski area - the largest ski resort in the World - but it is amazingly quiet despite its proximity to that most famous of mountain destinations. The character of the 2 places couldn't be much more different either - the 3 Valleys is flashy and modern but Pralognan-la-Vanoise is much more rough and ready; a "real" mountain town.
Listed in this guidebook are some of the toughest ski tours accessed from Pralognan-la-Vanoise, including 3 lines on the Grande Casse, one of the most famous mountains in France. Some of the routes described here are day hits, other are multi day missions and all are mountain adventures of the highest calibre.
One option for starting your Vanoise ski touring career is to work your way through these routes which start in nearby Courchevel, and 2 of which finish in
Another fabulous trip from Pralognan-la-Vanoise is the 5 day Vanoise Circuit, which might just be the best hut to hut tour in France. That's a big claim but don't just take our word for it - ski it yourself!
Suffice to say that whatever ski tour you do in the area, there is a lifetime of further exploration to be had in this most scenic of mountain regions.