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Écrins
Ski touring route

Tête des Raisins

ski grade

2.2 - E1 - F

December - February

1003M

Ascent

1003M

Decent

30°

Gradient

2600M

High Point

1568M

Low Point

SE

Slope Aspect

4.9KM

Distance Up

3.2KM

Distance Down

SE

Slope Aspect

3437 ET

Map IGN Number

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Description:

There are a few ways to get to the summit of the Tête des Raisins.  This route is the version via the valley de Testa Moute.  The parking is at 1568m but this can be difficult to access as they don’t always clear the snow past the village of Les Roberts; if this is the case park with consideration at Les Roberts and skin up the road to the 1568m point.  At this point (a right-hand bend in the road) you can turn off onto a small track.  As you leave the road you can sometimes look up and see the roofs of the houses at les Garcines - that is where you are heading. Follow the path until you cross a small stream and continue into the trees, following it as it turns right up a steep slope. Follow this zigzag path until you come upon Les Garcines.  (The path normally goes well to the left of the houses.)From there head up through the tree line and onto a broad shoulder. You should see steep, craggy ground in front of you. (If you turn left here it will take you to the valley of la Poua, another tour in this guide.) You can head straight up the steeper ground to a ridge that will take you across to the summit, or when you see a set of rocks and steep ground on the left start to bend right to the cabin of Clos Sarret. From the cabin head up the valley as it bends west until you can see the summit.  A good option is to head up to the ridge on the left to the point at 2542 and then follow the ridge to the summit.

Descent:

Ski the face where you think is best, then the valley, bearing right after the cabin to regain the broad ridge through the open trees, as in ascent. Then head towards the torrent to get back to the path leading back to the road and parking.

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