Ski Touring Val Thorens
In December 2017 ski instructors from the UK teamed up with Ski 4 Less and the local Val Thorens guides for a week of ski touring in the local area. The group were shown some of the beginner and some more arduous ski touring routes. It was a great success and the instructors have since been out to resort passing on their knowledge to other groups. We can now advise on good routes for all levels and even an overnight mountain hut at Lac du Lou where after a hard day of touring you are greeted with a hearty meal. For day 2 of your tour you are already starting at altitude and can take in another route. We have 30 sets of touring gear available to rent by the day or by the week and experts to help fit it for you.
The pictures below are credited to Mike Hubbard who was one of the instructors that came for the week of touring. He has given permission for you to use his maps and view his pictures via our site to help you plan your routes or just admire the views. If you would like to use his photography skills the link to his site is here.
For anyone doing ski touring out of Val T or Les Menuires the Pointe de la Masse valley has some awesome terrain and good ski tours staying along the ridge.
If you have the 3 Valleys pass get onto the far side of Les Menuires area and up the Masse 2 lift, from the top station you can see down into the valley and the large off piste bowl, ridge to the right hand side is a traverse and then when it gets to the end of being able to just traverse skin up and go for all sorts of peaks
Ski down slowly picking route between rocks etc towards the lake at the bottom and the Hut that does lunch/drinks. Then ski down the Hut access road back onto the Val Thorens piste and up the Plan D’Leau lift back into Val T area.
Valley overlooked by the large Piste Patrol station on La Masse summit so you can check in with them for conditions and let them know the route etc and then let the lifty at Plan D’Leau lift know you’re safely out and they can ring the top station so they are all happy you’re safely out.
If you haven’t got a 3 Valley ski pass and just Val T, go from the top of the Boismint lift, off the lift turn right, and then over the ridge to your left. Again some traverse before you need skins and then pick a route!
Checking in with lifties at top of Boismint lift to phone the La Masse station who can then watch your progress, again check out with Plan Dl’Leauy lifties that you’re out of the area.
An awesome valley for off piste skills if you want to practise that before a ski tour, and some great small tours for a few hours/intro to touring.