Ski touring in the Avals valley

La vallée des Avals is calling you : Discover ski touring like never before!

Publié le 13/12/2023 - Rédigé par Nadège
The area around Courchevel is home to many treasures, not always well known to skiers or hikers. These natural areas are often richer in flora and fauna than elsewhere, since they are far from the crowds of ski resorts.

Lovers of snowy landscapes and peace and quiet will particularly appreciate discovering the discreet Vallée des Avals, during a ski touring session. Wild and unspoilt, this valley will reward your efforts with its majesty.

La Vallée des Avals : a hidden spot near Courchevel

In summer and winter alike, the Vallée des Avals attracts a number of well-informed hikers. When the weather warms up, these walkers and mountain bikers come to take advantage of the calm of the area to cover kilometers surrounded by superb panoramas.

The Valley lends itself well to day trips, offering a complete change of scenery while remaining close to the Courchevel area.

In winter, it's the ski touring enthusiasts who venture to the heights of the Valley. Its natural landscapes, presented in their raw state, make it easy to forget the stresses of everyday life.
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Discover la Vallée des Avals by ski touring

Ski touring is the ideal way to enjoy the beauty of the area. It allows you to take your time observing the surroundings, while enjoying the sliding sensations on the way back.

If you'd like to try your hand at ski touring, the Vallée des Avals can be reached from Courchevel.

To do so, you'll first need to take the Chanrossa chairlift, then take the off-piste route to your destination. Along the way, you'll come across the Merlets lakes, the Grand Plan refuge and other isolated points of interest.

Ski touring: preparing for safe exploration

Reaching and traversing the Vallée des Avals requires a few precautions upstream. As with all hikes, it's essential to have the right equipment. Seal skins to attach under your skis are essential, as they enable you to climb without going backwards.

To enhance the safety of your group in these wilder areas, we also recommend that you take a avalanche transceiver with you, and take a good look at the weather forecast before setting off for the Vallée. In this way, your ascent is bound to be an enjoyable one.

The feeling of freedom you'll feel as you approach the Col des Saulces (2456 m) or the Petit Mont-Blanc (2677 m) is sure to leave you with unforgettable memories.
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