Back Country Ski Touring (Ski Randonné Nordique)

The origin of modern day skiing, used by our ancient nordique ancestors for day to day travel, the way the great Arctic explorers achieved the Poles. Today a great way to go out and enjoy the alpine plains and forests without too much effort.

The 5 Saisons has its founding origins from this activity and together with the

perfect surrounding terrain and trails our specialist Guides have put together varied tours from beginners to experienced.

Dates: Week 4: (21-28/01/2017)

Rates: From 620€ (hostal “Gîte”) to 720€  Hotel les 5 Saisons**, (doubleroom) with en-suite shower/wc

Duration: 5 days of activities, 7 nights accomodation


1- You contact us by phone or email to ask about availability and an option.
2- You confirm this option with a payment of a deposit (30% of total amount) by sending the registration form.
(Payment by PayPal, credit card, cash, IBAN/SEPA transfer )
3- Upon reception of your payment and form, we will send you a confirmation.
Online booking :
On our website, several interfaces allow you to view live our availability by type of residence and date. Our secure payment service PayPal gives you the possibility to pay for the stay, subject to our terms and conditions.
We advise you to take out cancellation insurance, travel interruption, corresponding to 3.5% of the total amount of your stay. Most credit cards already include this insurance, please inquire.
Registration for any stay constitutes acceptance of the proposed rates, terms of sale and the technical details of your stay.


Arrival Afternoon.

Introduction to the hotel and your guide for the week, followed by ski/boot fit and safety equipment check. Welcome drink in the veranda before dinner in the restaurant.


Day 1

Tour from the hotel and around the valley which is ideal for starting the week. A pisted Cross-country ski loop with trails diverting from it so you can get a good feel of the ski’s. If you are experienced a good warm-up day ending at the little village of Les Viollins with a gentle ski back to the hotel for tea coffee and cakes or even a pint of local brewed Ale. The hotel is within easy reach all day if you’re not comfortable in your footwear or equipment.


Day 2 & 3

Up above the hotel to the pass of Col d´Anon and Lauze; a great circuit used by mountainbikers, snow-shoers, ramblers and trailrunners with fantastic views of the Ecrins national park and throughout the Durance valley. As an option we stay overnight in a hostel or private chalet for a genuine mountain experience, right in the middle of the alpine pastures where no roads goes. We cuddle up in front of the fireplace, enjoy a warm dinner and a good night´s sleep and wake up with our boots and skis ready to go.


Day 4 off for free activities! Have a go with snowshoes or the Via Ferrata just above us or visit one of our local towns and its sights; Montdauphin and its fortified town, l´Argentière la Bessée and its mines or Briancon, highest town in Europe, just a little bit further away.


Day 5 Vallon de Tramouillon and the tour of le Peyron on the other, southfacing side of Freissinières with its remarkable nature and famous rocks for both climbers and geologists. Another gem, not known to the rest of the world outside France.

Day 6 Road trip to the Vallon du Pra Reboul above St Crepin or Queyras national park.  Easy access by minibus that takes you up to magnificent valleys and plateaus.


Getting to Les 5 Saisons
There are 3 main directions in order to reach Freissinières by road:

From the North:
A48 motorway to Grenoble, then Col du Lautaret (RN91). Briançon  direction Gap, Argentiere Bessé and just before La Roche de Rame turn right towards Freissinières.
From Italy:
A43 Maurienne by the Fréjus tunnel or Turin – Oulx and the Montgenèvre pass. Briançon, direction Gap, l´Argentière la Bessée and just before La Roche de Rame turn right towards Freissinières.

From the South:
A51 motorway to La Saulce, then towards Briançon (RN 94). Cross the Roche de Rame, then first road left towards Freissinières.

Before driving, find out about road and weather conditions along your route. We can assist you in updating via email. We also recommend that you note the below number in order to keep updated throughout your journey:
Information on Col du Lautaret and the pass of Montgenèvre: +33- 04 65030005  or

Freissinières access by train;
By train the nearest station is “l´Argentière les Ecrins”, info and booking on the SNCF website:
SNCF provides direct and daily connections from Paris, Marseille, Grenoble to the station “l´Argentière les Ecrins”.

Oulx in Italy  by fast train “TGV” where there is a shuttle that goes from Oulx-Briançon (information 04 92 20 47 50 – From Briancon we can arrange further transport.

Paris-l´Argentière, direct trains + night-trains.

Marseille- l´Argentière, regular daily connections.

By air;
The nearest international airports are:

Grenoble St Geoirs at 140 kms:

Turin Caselle (Italy) 130 kms:  Regular bus transfers available at

Lyon St Exupéry to 240 km:

Marseille Provence at 260 kms: (Regular bus tranfers available)

Regular buses running to Briançon from Grenoble. Contact the carrier or visit their website for timetables.
VFD: – Phone: 04 76 60 47 08
From Nice, Marseille or Gap with SCAL carrier
Regular buses to l´Argentière les Ecrins and Briançon from Nice, Marseille or Gap.
SCAL: http: //www.scal-amv-voyages

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