La Grave

Ski resorts in France
Few places are as mythical as La Grave, a small ski resort with only 700 inhabitants. With only one ski lift, you would be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about. The lift is very robust, however, and it takes you straight up to the monstrous granite mountain La Meije and you now have more than two thousand meters of vertical drop in off-piste skiing.

This is not a family destination, but rather for daredevils who want to ski in waist-deep snow. The gondola lift takes you up to 3,550 meters above sea levels and you have access to a paradise of off-piste skiing over vast areas, completely without snow grooming tracks or ski safety barriers in sight.
To get the most from La Grave, it is best to book a guide, although self-guiding may be possible in the best weather conditions.

La Grave’s future is a little uncertain, however. The lease of the gondola lift expires after the 2016/2017 winter season. There have been many “final” days announced in the past though, and the lift seems to always survive somehow.

La Grave Snow forecast

  • Saturday
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    Sun/clear sky
    4 mph
  • Sunday
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    Partly cloudy
    3 mph
  • Monday
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    Partly cloudy
    6 mph

Facts about La Grave

Lifts (Total: 1)

Vertical drop
La Grave Vertical drop
Highest Point: 11647 ft
Vertical drop: 7054 ft
Base Point: 4593 ft

Start:18 December
End: 6 May

Country: France
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Reviews for La Grave

What do you think about La Grave?
Jure Bernik
Jure Bernik (Guest)
You have to go. After that you can stop skiing.

hop (Guest)
Heh... what happens in La Grave, stays in La Grave (unless it's posted on the interwebnet). TT, LA, Glisseur...they all know. One of the top 3 lif... Read more (44 words)
per jacobsen
per jacobsen (Guest)
very over rated. need to have a month or two for good conditions. little snow.

kaycee hitsman
kaycee hitsman (Guest)
Best freeride ski ever...its more virgin snow than any other place I've ever seen. More freeride than a real station. France's best kept ski secret an... Read more (41 words)
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Have been in la graves both as snowboarders and skiers. The resort is pretty good! I have traveled with a guide both times and they are highly recomme... Read more (176 words)
02/12/2009 (Modified: 24/08/2010)
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Alperna's most overrated ski resort! In recent years, have read a lot of praise about this amazing ski resort and finally it was time to visit this... Read more (752 words)
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Were in La Grave March-07 when traveling to Serre Chevaliere. It was a very nice day trip, unfortunately no news but the guide found cruel riding anyw... Read more (87 words)
Niclas (Guest)
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Season 96/97 (v7 type) instead: I was young mesig and a little scared. The dining room at the lodge had one of the finest outlook in the Alps. After... Read more (276 words)
OIa (Guest)
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Good place under the right conditions. Now the site is known and the more easily accessible snow is quickly harvested on the day the upper part opens.... Read more (225 words)
AnnaMunthe (Guest)
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La Grave has everything I usually look for; tough and untouched driving, hard physical performance, delicious nature experiences and above all that it... Read more (43 words)
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Trail map La Grave

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Airports near La Grave

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Driving time: 1 hour, 40 minutes (74 miles)
Distance: 52 miles
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Driving time: 1 hour, 53 minutes (90 miles)
Distance: 46 miles
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Driving time: 2 hours, 1 minute (104 miles)
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