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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...

Vosges December 11, 2010

Vosges is a department in north-eastern France, named after the local mountain range. And so there is also some skiing and mapping there: Gérardmer, La Bresse - Hohneck and Le Schnepfenried are on the list now.

Updated! December 10, 2010

All maps freshly updated! The full version now with tens of new ski resort maps.

Germany Two December 10, 2010

Some more of Germany: Winterberg ski area spreading over several local villages: Winterberg, Altastenberg, Postwiesen Skigebiet Neuastenberg, Bödefeld-Hunau and Züschen ski maps.

Germany One December 9, 2010

Feldberg - the first ski map in Germany!

France's Premier Ski Destinations December 8, 2010

By Mark Thomas Walters France is famous for many things, such as Paris and all that comes with that most cosmopolitan of cities. It is also famous for the stunning Cote d'Azur with the sandy beaches and warm Mediterranean climate. France is also a great destination for those who love to ski, with a great number of stylish resorts to choose from to enjoy the perfect winter holiday. Courchevel - Often considered to be one of the best ski resorts to visit in France Courchevel is at the top of a range of staggered villages and set within breathtaking natural scenery; the villages are all linked up by the ski lifts and ski buses that connect the area. Courchevel continues to be a favourite ski resort for many because there are a great variety of opportunities for skiing and other winter sports here. Slopes range from beginner to advanced and it is a good place to bring children to. If you don't want to ski you can snowboard, toboggan or ice skate at Courchevel and for the apres ski experience the resort boasts a good range of quality bars and restaurants. Chamonix - Chamonix is one of the first resorts people think of when they think of skiing in France. This internationally renowned ski town is set below Mont Blanc - the highest mountain in Europe - and is just a short drive away from Geneva. This is a good resort for experienced skiers and beginners alike. It is famous for its cosmopolitan ambience with lively nightlife and cool bars and restaurants. Val d'Isere - Val d'Isere is a renowned spot within the French Alps for avid fans of skiing. This high altitude, large resort boasts 97 ski lifts in all and is great for those who also enjoy a spot of off-piste skiing. The Olympic 1992 Men's Downhill slope is here and Val d'Isere has also been the location for the World Alpine Ski Championships. You can also enjoy ice-skating, snowshoe hiking, ice climbing and husky sleigh trips at this resort. Les Deux Alpes - Les Deux Alpes is a bustling ski resort that is popular with families. There are some excellent facilities for children and crèches that will take very young children so the rest of the family can enjoy a full day of skiing worry free. This cosmopolitan resort has a wide range of bars and restaurants and you can even find a traditional English pub here. There are lots of slopes for both the experienced and the beginner skier with everything else in between! Flaine - This popular resort is very popular with families as there are great facilities for the young skier, starting from age two and a half upwards. Flaine resort faces Mont Blanc and has an altitude of 2500m; there are 265 km of pistes for you to experience. There are also opportunities for cross-country skiing. There is plenty of family oriented nightlife and entertainment to enjoy in Flaine making this a great all round resort for a holiday. Now Try: Ski France Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Mark_Thomas_Walters

Spain Two December 8, 2010

The second part of Aramón ski area, containing Garmin ski maps of Formigal and Panticosa.

Spain One December 7, 2010

The first one in Spain! Benasque - Cerler is on the list with its brand new GPS ski map.

The Other Half December 6, 2010

We're completing Andorra with the GPS ski map of Vallnord and its resorts La Massana, Ordino-Arcalis and Pal-Arinsal.