In a world without ski lifts as it is unfortunately the case at the end of this year, the temptation to discover ski touring is strong! Be careful however not to put yourself in danger. Ski touring is indeed a risky sport where the choice of the place of practice is essential. To guide you in this approach, we share with you our 6 favorite itineraries to discover ski touring in an accessible and secure way.
Where to practice ski touring when you're just starting out? No need to climb to the top of Mont-Blanc to discover the joys of ski touring! To take your first steps in ski touring, there are a multitude of itineraries and routes that are simple, easy to access, with a slight difference in altitude and a moderate distance to discover ski touring.
All these ascent itineraries are developed by the ski resorts, on or near the ski area. These routes are regularly monitored by the ski area's ski patrollers and are marked out in an area where the risk of avalanche is low or even non-existent. You can therefore commit yourself with confidence and without fear.
To start your ski touring in Haute-Savoie, we advise you to take a breath of fresh air in the heart of the Aravis mountains in the resort of La Clusaz. All along the ascent, the Beauregard itinerary offers you a magnificent panorama on the village of La Clusaz and the Aravis chain. The itinerary alternates between forest passages and along the edge of the track for 5 km of gentle ascent. Possibility to go down a green or blue slope for occasional skiers.
If you are passing through Savoie, the marked itinerary from Les 2 Lacs to Val Thorens offers you the ideal setting for your first conversions. With a slight difference in altitude (170 D+) over a short distance (2km), you will be able to fully enjoy the majestic setting of Val Thorens and the 2 Lakes plateau.
On the heights of Grenoble, we advise you to go to Chamrousse which offers the perfect setting to discover ski touring. The Bachat Bouloud itinerary takes you to the top of the Croix de Chamrousse. Gentle ascent without difficulty to enjoy an exceptional view of the Greoble valley.
On the Southern Alps side, it is towards Serre Chevalier that you will have to turn and the very accessible marked route of Villeneuve la Salle les Alpes. Divided into several sections, this itinerary will allow you to adapt according to your state of form and your sensations. The first variant offers a slight difference in altitude (250D+) for a short distance (1,5km) perfect to learn how to ski touring in complete safety.
On the Vosges massif, the Gaschney initiation circuit will make you in love with ski touring. The setting is perfect to start ski touring with a course in the middle of nature near the resort. You will have no trouble to find your way around.
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