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Happy New Year! January 1, 2011

The first one in 2011, together with best wishes, is Val Cenis! Besides Val Cenis Lanslebourg and Val Cenis Lanslevillard, it includes Bonneval-sur-Arc and a nordic ski resort Bessans.

New Release December 31, 2010

The last update in 2010 brings us not only updated ski resort maps and a dozen of new ones, but also some changes in rendering. Nordic pistes are now colored by their difficulty, and there are some corrections with the American markings. Ski runs in America should now show piste names (depending on the device), and the full version got separate mapsets for Europe and America. They are still in the same installer, though, all together in the full version.

Fresh One December 28, 2010

Just skied the other day, just mapped today - Torgnon, a small Italian ski resort sharing with Cervinia the same valley and the view over Matterhorn.

Tarvisio December 24, 2010

Not a very detailed one, but Tarvisio now has its chance to get some more track logs and soon have its map updated with pistes, too.

Italy Again December 23, 2010

Ratschings-Jaufen / Racines-Giovo. And it's all just a single ski resort.

Aletsch December 22, 2010

The Swiss canton of Valais (Wallis in German) surely deserves our attention. Zermatt, Verbier and Saas-Fee are already on the list of ski maps, and now the Aletsch Arena joins with its resorts Bettmeralp, Fiescheralp (Fiesch-Eggishorn), Riederalp, Belalp-Blatten-Naters and Brig. Valais

Andermatt, etc. December 21, 2010

The today's map: Andermatt-Sedrun-Disentis/Mustér. While Andermatt area is covered well, the Sedrun-Disentis part is just a draft.

Back on the Road December 20, 2010

After a little break, we're in Switzerland again with the ski map of Scuol - Motta Naluns, Ftan, Sent and Tarasp-Vulpera.

Coming to Tignes December 19, 2010

It might be a little trickier than you’d expect if you’re coming from anywhere east or south… Let’s say you want to arrive to Espace Killy from Italy. It is probably the nearest ski resort to Turin as the crow flies, closer even than its own Sestriere and Bardonecchia. But twisted  time, space, relief and common sense make it much farther. Viamichelin.com will say it’s not that expensive to reach and not that far away at all. Of course, computers have no feelings so they can’t know it’s currently winter season. And so they will send you over the hills. It will try to get you over the Colle del Moncenisio (Col du Mont Cenis, in French) first. Colle means ‘mountain pass’, i.e., that it should get you to the other side. But Colle del Moncenisio has a better purpose in winter, and that is to be a ski resort, with ski runs going right over what is a road in summer. Then it might try to fool you with Col du Petit St. Bernard, from the Aosta Valley. Closed in winter. So, there remains the Fréjus tunnel between Italy and France, 13 km long and 35 euro expensive. If you buy the return ticket, it gets 43 euro both ways, but you have to use it within a week. That is, slightly more than a week because it is valid until midnight of the same day next week. You exit from the tunnel and there it is France. Behind the mountain you see right in front is Les 3 Vallees (The Three Valleys). You can get there directly with a gondola from Orelle, very near the tunnel. But we want to go to Tignes, so we turn right. After some 70 km drive, you’ll find that Col de l'Iseran is closed, too. At least you will see some beautiful, but really beautiful scenery. I really miss some green on the Italian side. The problem there is that the trees are mostly larch, coniferous but deciduous, so it gets a bit gloomy in winter. But here, it’s finally green, with the white background contrast and the bluest skies. Not always, I guess, but at least for the purpose of this article. And since no one is passing this way in winter, ‘cos it leads practically nowhere, you will see beautiful vintage mountain villages with really modest billboards. Then you turn back and drive all the way back to Fréjus, and then all around the mountain, pass Albertville, to come practically to the same place, after another 250 km drive. Just a little bit before Albertville, take a break at the shopping area at exit 27 (Centre commercial du Chiriac). You have to visit Au Vieux Campeur. It’s the best outdoor shop I’ve seen. It’s huge and it has everything you might ever need for skiing/snowboarding. If the brand is not your primary concern, visit Decathlon right across the street for the best value for money. … Finally you get to Tignes by car and now you have to pay some 70 euro a week for parking. Or, 5 km below Tignes, there is Les Boisses with its large free parking space and a free shuttle bus back to Tignes.

Some Austria December 13, 2010

Galtür/Wirl GPS ski map...