Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Skiing in the Alps

We have chosen for my first ski expedition abroad one of the best ski areas in Europe: Aosta valley and Chamonix. As we can`t compare our seashore with those of other countries the same is valid in the case of ski slopes. After these 4 days I don't think I will go skiing again in our pitiful slopes crowded by hundreds of skiers, waiting 40 minutes for a ski lift to take you up for a descent of 5 to 10 minutes.
So back to our expedition ... Courmayeur is a very nice village having around 100 km of ski slopes on the mountain just in front. The max altitude is Arp at around 3000 meters but we were skiing only from Youla (~2700 m) since the Arp was an off track slope and we did not dare to take it. Maybe next time.....

In Chamonix we went the second day to ski in Brevent-Flegere. Although the peak of Brevent lies at only ~ 2500 m the slope down is quite challenging. Actually the red and black categories don't have anything to do in Italy and France. A red in France is actually a black in Italy. So the black in France is more difficult than a black one in Italy. We have crossed the domain of Brevent-Flegere from one side to the other and back ....that is a lot since there are actually two ski domains linked together. The view form Brevent peak is magnificent and the slope down the same.

The third day we went to La Thuile (like 15-20 km from Courmayeur) to ski in France and Italy in the same day. There area like 150 km of slopes but most of them are in Italy. It was very nice and in spite of the week end we didn't feel the slopes were crowded. There are just too many slopes, ski lifts and thus options....Last day we went back skiing in Corumayeur to relax a little after the two previous days.

So the expedition was great and we are glad we made it although was a little bit expensive for our budget :).

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