The ski resort of Col du Lautaret is situated in the Oisans area of the Hautes-Alpes department just inside the Northern Alps region. It is part of the Ski Meije ski domain. The lift served area extends from 2000 metres to 2300 metres. There are 10 km of lift served runs.
The 2058 m pass is the boundary between the glacial Romanche and Guisane (a tributary of the Durance) valleys. The area is a mecca for kite-boarding as it catches the winds from the east and west. World champion Guillaume Chastagnol lives close by. There is also a research alpine garden which is worth visiting in the summer. The road pass to the col du Galibier starts here. It is closed from late autumn until the very late spring.
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There is some off-piste in the bowl below the Combeynot, although frequently skied beware of slab avalanches in this zone. The area is mainly known for a number of ski tours which, given the altitude, are often practical in the late autumn:
Trois Evêchés left, Grand Galibier center
Road: N91 Grenoble / Briançon
Rail: Grenoble TGV then VFD bus transfer or Briançon
There is a motel at the col otherwise look in Villar d'Arêne.
There are two bars on the col. We prefer the one on the south-side however arrive well before 2pm if you want to eat.
There is a gift shop at the col selling all manner of things from Genepy to talking marmottes and singning Chamois.
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Category: Ski Areas