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Raffort off piste itinerary, Meribel

Raffort (Creux de la Stetta)

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The route begins at the Roc de Fer, and follows a dip called Creux de la Stetta. You pass Les Granges, and wind through the woods, to arrive at the Raffort bubble station. When the conditions are good, it's great skiing on the E facing slopes, and fun negotiating the gaps between the trees towards the end. Read about the Raffort here.

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Three Valleys off piste itineraries: Raffort (Creux de la Stetta)

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Three Valleys off piste itineraries, Raffort - traverse from Olympic to Roc de Fer

We call this one Raffort (the name of the village where it ends up), but the off piste guidebooks refer to it as Creux de la Stetta. 

The route begins from the top of the Olympic chair in Meribel (2290m). (Out of Meribel, take Plan de l' Homme or Roc de Fer to arrive at Olympic). Turn right at the top of Olympic, and follow the ridge towards Roc de Fer (2109m) - where the tracks go in the photo above. (It's safer to stay just on the Belleville Valley side of the ridge until you reach Roc de Fer, because cornices and depth hoar on the steep E slopes to the right create an avalanche risk).

From Roc de Fer, descend to the right, keeping to the left of the stream in Creux de la Stetta. (The slopes here are still steep enough to present an avalanche danger, so ski the route only when you're satisfied that the snowpack is stable). There are views of Meribel on the other side of the valley. Bear right at les Grangettes (1549m), and continue to the stone chalets at Les Granges. (Don't be tempted to follow the Villages piste, as this goes lower down, to Les Allues).

Three Valleys off piste itineraries, Raffort - view of Meribel   Three Valleys off piste itineraries - les Granges chalets

A short ski through the trees brings you to the road (D90). The Raffort bubble station is just across the road, and it's one stop up to the ice rink in Meribel, and the main lifts. 

Three Valleys off piste itineraries, Raffort - trees near Raffort bubble station   Three Valleys off piste itineraries, Raffort - Raffort bubble station

Here's a short video of skiing Raffort:

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