Plenty of ski touring in the Alps here. Just a matter of getting a guidebook, a guide or meeting friends who know the area. All you need is some gear and some experience and good ski ability ON piste.
If you are doing overnight tours then there are places to stay in the mountains. Great huts with good food and stinky blankets. But a real great experience if you have never stayed in one before. Adds a new dimension to ski touring that sleeping in tents just doesn't have.
The big daddy of ski touring, the Haute Route, starts here on the top of the Grand Montets and crosses over into Switzerland to Zermatt. See my gallery for the pics on that trip.
Due to heavy snows my friend Paul and I were unable to start the Haute Route on the first morning in France. Fortunately we were staying near the valley station of the Grand Montets telephirique and ski area. So what do you do when the avalanche danger says you can't go ski touring? Yep, go skiing in a snow controlled area.
The powder the next two days was fantastic. We skied all day the first day and half a day the next-powder run after powder run. The ski area was pretty interesting too, although I don't think it would be good for over two or three days. I was pretty tired at the end of it and wondered if it had been a mistake to do so much skiing before going on the Haute Route, but... Powder is powder ya know!!