19:27,
Saturday,
26 September 2020.

La Grave La Meije, Skiing &am...

The skiing and snowboarding terrain on La Meije is not for the faint hearted. This is no cozy family resort with ski kindergarten, gently sloping blue runs and après ski in pink bunny suits. No this resort is for experts only, well almost only as there isn’t really anything for the less accomplished bar a couple of short runs up top. I wasn’t being entirely truthful there because there is actually a ski kindergarten along with a traditional ski school and several green and blue runs on offer at the neighbouring villages of Le Chazelet and Villar d’Arene but these areas are so small that beginners and intermediates would be bored stiff after a few days.

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Beginner

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The nursery slopes of Le Chazelet and Villar d’Arene are great for beginners learning the very basics and even building up a bit of confidence. However, the lack of variety would render even the dullest board senseless by the end of a week.

Intermediate

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With the slopes of Les Deux Alpes reached after a 20 minute hike via Dome de la Lauze then La Grave might not be a bad base at all for the more intrepid intermediate rider. That is if you don't mind that your last run down of the day might have to be in a lift depending on just how intermediate you are. If you do mind then consider staying in Les Deux Alpes and hire a guide for the day to see what you’re missing.

Off-Piste/Back Country

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No lift queue ever, no crowded piste ever. Just you and over 2000 metres vertical, often frighteningly steep – occasionally dangerously steep – and if you're lucky sometimes deep.