Guidebook

Earn Your Turns: Best Ski Tours near Tignes and Val d'Isère

Skip the lifts and earn your turns on these top ski tours near Tignes and Val d'Isere.

Description

Maneuver through tight, technical chutes and swoop down wide-open valleys with this selection of ski tours around Tignes and Val d'Isère.

There’s a plethora of summits to set your sights on. The 3,330m summit of Méan Martin gives you sweeping views down across the Italian Alps and up to Mont Blanc. Experienced ski tourers who want to feel the altitude and practice their kick turns on steep gradients should try the Pointe de la Sana SE Face adventure. This is an epic day-long exploration, peaking at a 3,435m summit with spectacular 360-degree panoramic views.

For beginner backcountry skiers, Refuge de la Leisse Ski Tour is the perfect start. This half-day route takes you right through a nature reserve and into the heart of the valley surrounded by striking peaks. As you relax in the sunshine at the Refuge, you may spot the illustrious Bearded Eagle circling in the sky, who, along with many other rare wildlife species, inhabits this nature reserve.

Each adventure in this guidebook has its own character, its particular gnarly spots, and its special viewpoints. We challenge you to try them all!

Glacier de la Leisse via Pointe de la Sana
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Glacier de la Leisse via Pointe de la Sana

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
0 - 1 hrs
1.9 km
15 m
577 m
44 °
A rarely visited gem that takes you through some breathtaking alpine terrain.
Severe
Private
Grande Aiguille Rousse
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Grande Aiguille Rousse

Espace Killy
5 - 6 hrs
14.1 km
742 m
2,005 m
48 °
A great adventure! Take in the remote summit of the Grand Aiguille Rousse with a fantastic ski down the north face of this peak.
Severe
Private
Refuge de la Leisse Ski Tour
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Refuge de la Leisse Ski Tour

Tignes and Val d'Isère
2 - 3 hrs
6.6 km
366 m
375 m
25 °
What this ‘descent’ lacks in quality skiing, it more than makes up with some of the most stunning ski touring available for beginner backcountry skiers.
Easy
Private
Tsanteleina South Couloir
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Tsanteleina South Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
6 - 7 hrs
9.7 km
1,648 m
1,648 m
48 °
Taking in the classic peak of Tsanteleina, this line should be on the bucket list for all keen ski tourers in the region.
Severe
Private
Grapillons / Diamond Bowl

Grapillons / Diamond Bowl

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
2.4 km
161 m
522 m
41 °
NE
A technical climb, glorious wide open descent
Difficult
Private
L'Ouilette East Face

L'Ouilette East Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
0 - 1 hrs
2.5 km
92 m
472 m
44 °
E
A hidden gem for turn earners!
Severe
Private
Pointe de la Sana, ENE Face
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Pointe de la Sana, ENE Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
3.6 km
383 m
796 m
53 °
An imposing ENE facing line that watches over Val d’Isére.
Extreme
Private
Col de la Grassaz
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Col de la Grassaz

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
8.7 km
545 m
687 m
27 °
A beautiful tour through remote scenery, ideal for working on your fitness and keeping yourself well away from trouble on those high-risk days.
Easy
Private
Tour du Mont Roup

Tour du Mont Roup

Tignes and Val d'Isère
2 - 3 hrs
7.9 km
312 m
1,002 m
37 °
S
A lovely route to practise ski-touring
Moderate
Private
Tsanteleina West Face
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Tsanteleina West Face

Tignes and Val d'Isère
2 - 3 hrs
8.8 km
37 m
1,687 m
46 °
Fantastic skiing on a perfectly positioned glacier, a great full-on day covering a huge variety of terrain.
Severe
Private
Barmes de l'Ours

Barmes de l'Ours

Tignes and Val d'Isère
2 - 3 hrs
5.6 km
506 m
797 m
42 °
N
A gorgeous journey to escape the crowds
Severe
Private
Alaskan Couloir

Alaskan Couloir

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
2.0 km
214 m
514 m
45 °
S
A challenging ski-mountaineering challenge
Extreme
Private
Col du Prémou
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Col du Prémou

Tignes and Val d'Isère
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
252 m
1,204 m
46 °
Ski this huge descent which starts from the col splitting the two Tarentaise giants - the Grande Motte and the Grande Casse.
Severe
Private
Refuge du Col de la Vanoise Ski Tour
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Refuge du Col de la Vanoise Ski Tour

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
1 day +
20.9 km
1,749 m
1,548 m
30 °
This multi-day tour takes you around the Grande Casse in spectacular scenery.
Severe
Private
Pointe de Méan Martin
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Pointe de Méan Martin

Tignes and Val d'Isère
6 - 7 hrs
14.3 km
1,023 m
1,954 m
46 °
BIG day with an amazing north facing glacial ski from the top of Pointe de Méan Martin.
Severe
Private
Pointe de la Sana, NW Face
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Pointe de la Sana, NW Face

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
2 - 3 hrs
5.9 km
214 m
970 m
49 °
A wild face which quickly funnels into a narrow couloir leading back to Tignes via the Vallon de la Leisse.
Extreme
Private
Col du Fours

Col du Fours

Tignes and Val d'Isère
3 - 4 hrs
7.3 km
514 m
1,035 m
32 °
SE
An introductory ski tour to some great skiing
Difficult
Private
Pointe de la Sana, SE Face
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Pointe de la Sana, SE Face

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
0 - 1 hrs
3.2 km
20 m
792 m
34 °
A great peak that provides an epic day out for strong ski tourers, or the perfect training peak for the fit!
Moderate
Private
Rochers de Pers

Rochers de Pers

Tignes and Val d'Isère
0 - 1 hrs
2.4 km
159 m
615 m
41 °
N
A sporty climb accesses a hidden north-facing gem
Difficult
Private