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The Best Beginner Ski Tours in the Alps

Despite their reputation for "steep and deep" skiing, there's plenty of fantastic easier ski tours in the Alps too.

Description

Sitting at home and reading about the exploits of legendary skiers on high, wild mountains, it can easy to get psyched out by ski touring in the Alps before even getting there. And whilst there is plenty of exciting terrain all along this most famous of mountain chains, there's also a huge amount of easy, low-stress ski tours too.

This list represents a sample of those easier tours and hopefully demonstrates how geographically and topographically diverse mellow ski terrain is in the Alps. Now all that's left to do is to get hold of some touring kit, learn some skills and get skinning!

Col du Rateau
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Col du Rateau

3 Valleys
5 - 6 hrs
13.9 km
624 m
1,402 m
39 °
A classic mellow ski tour through great scenery.
Easy
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
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
Mitterzeigerkopf
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Mitterzeigerkopf

3 - 4 hrs
7.0 km
795 m
795 m
36 °
A wild and remote peak with spectacular views across some rarely visited valleys.
Moderate
Private
Mont Fourchon
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Mont Fourchon

3 - 4 hrs
7.3 km
681 m
681 m
40 °
A low stress tour which can, conditions allowing, be possible anytime between November and June.
Moderate
Private