> I went to La Grave for a week last year in early March and liked it so
> much that I'm going back again for two weeks this year at about the same
> time. To me, it is the ultimate ski area - 2,150m of vertical (over
> 7,000'), cheap, absolutely no limits on where or what you can ski, no ski
> patrol, ski school, no signage, and no grooming.
Well, mostly accurate. My trail map indicates 2114m of vertical, which is
slightly less than 7000 feet. Cheap? I recall a full day pass was 160 FF,
compared to only 110 FF or so for places like Les Sept Laux. Heck, that's
a whopping $30 US!. And there is patrol and signs, but you have to look
really hard to find either. But I won't quibble.
> There are a
> couple of photos of the area in Powder magazines latest photo annual
> (still the best ski mag).
And in the March, 93 POWDER. And the January, 1995 SKI. Blabbermouth
dirtbags. After 10 days skiing in the Alpes last year, I ran into more
Americans at La Grave than anywhere else I skied in France.
> The terrain is almost beyond description - at least in American terms.
> It's far more rugged then Blackcomb, about 3 times the size of Alta and
> has a town about 1/2 the size of Telluride.
Despite their blabbermouth dirtbag status, in order to attract the
attention of SKI and POWDER editors I have attempted yet another beyond
description account of an American in Paradise...
For those with WWW (World Wide Web) access, connect to URL
This is the SkiVt-L Virtual Day Lodge, wherein one can 'board' a
telecabine to France to view a small number of articles and pictures on
French skiing in general and La Grave in particular. Plans des Pistes of
La Grave and Les Deux Alpes are included. Also available for your download
pleasure is an Adobe PDF file which represents a virtual Ski Magazine
design I devloped for a recent art class. Feature and only story is a
variant of the aforesaid La Grave account. Note to SKI editors: this
project was completed one week before your Jan. 95 see-all-tell-all issue
hit the stands. How you managed to plagerize my design concept I'll never
know. You must have spies everywhere. In return for an expense paid return
trip to the Haute Savoie, all is forgiven.
For you AOLers and others limited to lowly gopher access, follow this
approximate gopherhole path:
All the Gophers in the World
Univeristy of Vermont
Other UVM Gophers and Information Sources
UVM Listserver Archives
Search SKIVT-L (Vermont Ski Conditions) Archive
This circuitous route leads you to a "searchable index." Type in key words
like "france" or "la grave" (or "stowe" or "killington", for the US bound)
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