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    Best time to visit La Grave?

    anyone out there this season? i realize no one can predict the future just wondering -typically-, is mid march a pretty safe bet snow wise? not going to do any death lines. could also go early feb. does la grave get mobbed mid feb to mid march from school holidays and half term like a lot of other places?

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    Le vacances are not as bad as most places since school children and their parents are a little intimidated by LG.
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    Yeah, pretty much so. You dont see many kids at lg.

    I highly recommend the chalets de la meije with the demi pension (at the au vieux guide). Fantastic food.

    Damn, i think i just convinced myself to go back during the next school holidays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripzalot View Post
    Yeah, pretty much so. You dont see many kids at lg.

    I highly recommend the chalets de la meije with the demi pension (at the au vieux guide). Fantastic food.

    Damn, i think i just convinced myself to go back during the next school holidays.
    cool thanks, now just need to figure out best time to go

    for anyone who stumbles on this planning a trip to la grave, this is a good online guide to get an idea of the place beforehand: http://www.skierslodge.com/the-skiin...endary-routes/

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    Late season can be great too, especially after the time change, less people, great snow. Nice to get a little sun when you're done skiing. Downside is the hike to the road.
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    Whenever I've lived in LG March has been largely dry and mostly high pressure, April has been wet. But March can be great. Late January is normally my choice - empty mountain, normally frequent snow - but I guess that might be tricky. It's been a while but I'll be there a couple of days towards the end of Feb. can't wait.

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    I've only been one so n=1 doesn't make me good at snow forecasting. I will say this re: "death lines". Don't fool yourself, except for Vallons and Chancel (I think that is what the easier routes are called) all the terrain is very high consequence. Even the stuff close to the lift is quite serious. The only reason I say this I that I became a little numb to the exposure and this is not a good thing. I was snapped out of it by watching one person fall and narrowly escape injury in what would be considered relatively benign terrain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulletizer View Post
    Late January is normally my choice - empty mountain, normally frequent snow - but I guess that might be tricky. .
    ^^ this for the zona de freeride...or end of March/early April for longer tours

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    La Grave is a *very* big mountain with hugh vertical rise from 1400m - 3600m.

    At the start of the winter it might be possible to ski back to the village. In the middle of the winter the road runs come into condition. Come spring (mid march onward) the glaciers fill properly and the upper mountain / touring routes come into play - but bottom of the mountain will be brown. It is very rare that all the routes be in condition at one time.

    Locals often rate the start of April as the best time of year - mountain is very quiet, and they often get moisture laden storm systems that allow the "big" classic lines on the upper mountain to come into condition. End of January is also a good suggestion - there should be plenty snow and also not many people around. Though any time of year snow could be good or bad - its the southern alps. Resort never gets really busy except "derby" weekend.

    anyone who stumbles on this planning a trip to la grave, this is a good online guide to get an idea of the place beforehand: http://www.skierslodge.com/the-skiin...endary-routes/
    The terrain in LG is obviously huge... Skiers lodge web site is great resource : but LG really does require local knowledge to make the most if and remain safe (compared to Verbier etc its a whole different league).

    The vamos book + map is essential reading for first time vistors IMHO. Once you have spent some time exploring the 2 classic lines and their varients (vallon & chancel) you can then start thinking about befriending some friendly locals in the pub or hiring a mountain guide to access some of the more rowdy shit. Basically what I am trying to say is that even very experienced off piste skiers shouldn't underestimate this place or use a web site as their main source of topographic info for the more extremo stuff.

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    Best time to visit La Grave?

    Thanks for the info. Just booked a trip for late spring. I know how much of a gamble April/early May can be, but am so stoked to get there. Found a cheap-ish flight and couldn't convince myself to not. Catch the last week of La Grave and then...? A pilgrimage trip for sure.

    Bump for any other pertinent info? My steep game* and dirtbag ways are on point, gotta learn a little more rope work though to not be a total jong. Oh, that and French.

    *edit: on point for around here. I know itís a whole different ballgame in the alps. Thatís why Iím going!!
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    Bumping this thread

    I have a question about La Grave. Say I show up there in early February and I plan to stay until the beginning of April. Will I end up being able to find a bed in a hostel, or should I book something before I arrive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.A.B.C. View Post
    Bumping this thread

    I have a question about La Grave. Say I show up there in early February and I plan to stay until the beginning of April. Will I end up being able to find a bed in a hostel, or should I book something before I arrive?
    Hard to say. You might want to book a week of accommodations to give you the time to figure it out. The hostel there is just OK in my opinion. The Castillian is probably the the cheapest place close to the lift. Other alternatives include finding someone with an open room or possibly staying in one of the outlying villages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P.A.B.C. View Post
    Bumping this thread

    I have a question about La Grave. Say I show up there in early February and I plan to stay until the beginning of April. Will I end up being able to find a bed in a hostel, or should I book something before I arrive?
    Depends on comfort requirements
    The Castillian is fine..if you with cool friends

    upd. hi, how was it?
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