La Grave is situated in the Oisans area of the Hautes-Alpes department in the Southern Alps region. Not a ski resort as such, there are only 10km of pistes high on the Girose glacier, la Grave is more a backcountry domain and it is this that makes it special. From the top station there are two main itinearies but a myriad of other routes and couloirs, some requiring a taxi return to the village. A lot of the skiing or snowboarding is seriously exposed and we advise going with an experienced local or guide. The lift served skiing extends from 1550 metres to 3550 metres. There are 20 km of cross country trails down in the Romanche valley.
La Grave has bought the old Bouquetins chair from Val Thorens to provide a return from 2200 meters on the Chancel run to the Peyrou d'Amont lift station. This chair only runs when it is not possible to return to the intermediate station because of poor snow cover and will not operate at other times.
Road: N91 from Grenoble / Briançon. You need to have chains and/or snow tires after Bourg d'Oisans and Serre Chevalier
Rail: TGV main line from Grenoble (Paris 2.5 hours from 2006), then bus (approx 1.5 hours)
18th Century former post office stagepost in the heart of the village.
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Stefan Garczynski, Guide de Haute Montagne lives and works locally: Alpe d'Huez, la Grave, les Deux Alpes tel: (33) 04 76 80 09 25 or mobile (33) 06 80 89 84 25
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Category: Ski Areas