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French/Swiss Alps Dec.4-Dec.8

post #1 of 12
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Hey yall, Im studying abroad in Barcelona right now, as seein as I'm in Europe id like to take this chance to board either the french or swiss alps before I go home. I haven't looked into it much, but it seems that Austria may also be a good option. 

I was just wondering if anyone has any personal experience or could recommend a resort / mountain that would have some good snow right now. Realistically I would not like to drop bank on this trip, but don't let that from keeping any recommendations.
 

The trip would be from Dec 4. to Dec 8. We would try to flyout late-afternoon on thursday and hopefully be able to get to the mountain by friday.

 

I'm going with 1 other buddy and we are both experienced riders. I'd love to find some powder.


Much appreciation for any help, thanks

post #2 of 12

Dec 4th Is early for most resorts. Many will not be open. Val Thorens is always a good bet for early snow and would be my choice. They are opening on the 22nd Nov. Check the web site for early season special deals.

 

Tignes is already open.

 

Verbier and Zermatt are open this weekend and would be my Swiss choices.

 

Obergurgl and Hochsolden for Austria.

 

However it is likely that where ever you go the number of lifts open will be quite limited. As I said it it early for Europe.

 

Re travel as a student check out the train passes available. The French rail system is excellent and gets you pretty close to both Tignes and ValThorens as the Train runs up the Tarentaise valley to Bourg-Saint-Maurice. Onward travel to the resort is by bus see http://www.mobisavoie.fr Again there are deals for students.

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Awesome, thanks for the info man. Val Thorens is really lookin convenient and on the affordable side of the other resorts we have been lookin at. Definitly gonna look further into it.

post #4 of 12

If you got to VT be sure to check out the rail option. The TGV leaves from Barcelona and I am pretty sure it will get you to Bourg St Maurice faster than flying.

 

In VT some of the best skiing is from the Cime de Carron cable car. If you get up there on a clear day take a minute to enjoy the view.

 

If you get real lucky and you have fresh powder one of the last places to get tracked out is the back of the Cime towards Orelle.

 

ENJOY I know I had some great days there.

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

The estimated travel time on for the TGV is 8 hours and 35min leaving from Barcelona to get to Bourg Saint Marice, then we would need to take an hour cab or bus or something from there to get to VT right? Does that sound about right for the travel time? How would you go about it if you were to take a plane from Barcelona?

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Originally Posted by byonnies View Post
 

The estimated travel time on for the TGV is 8 hours and 35min leaving from Barcelona to get to Bourg Saint Marice, then we would need to take an hour cab or bus or something from there to get to VT right? Does that sound about right for the travel time? How would you go about it if you were to take a plane from Barcelona?

 

That sounds about right for the train timing. I had a quick look and and thought it was a little longer than that but might have included the wait times.

 

I did not bother looking at flights as there are so many options. Barcelona to Lyon is where I would start. Approx 4 hr coach transfer from Lyon to VT.

post #7 of 12
Why not Andorra or La Molina? Not the Alps but on your doorstep? Considering it myself that weekend as have to be in Barcelona.
post #8 of 12
Sierra nevada has great skiing, and it's only a couple of hours from barcelona.

Wait til the last minute to see how the snow is.
Edited by rod9301 - 11/23/14 at 9:36am
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

We just really want to experience the Alps. Weve got everything pretty much dialed in except for transportation from Lyons airport to Val Thorens. The buses dont start running until later in december. Does anyone know of a cheap way to get from Lyons Airport to Val Thorens?

post #10 of 12

Train to Moutiers via Chambery probably. Bus Moutiers to Val T. Don't expect it to be a short journey.  Would be at least 4 hours even if you get a decent connection in Chambery.  No idea on costs but I'd think at least 50 Euro each way.  Might be high enough that a rental car from LYS starts to look like a sensible option.


Edited by fatbob - 11/24/14 at 3:13am
post #11 of 12

I was in Val Thorens last January for 10 days. What an amazing place. I prefer skiing in the Alps to skiing anywhere in North America. The terrain is absolutely massive. Enjoy.

post #12 of 12

Let's hope the OP did not commit ahead to Dec. 4-8 in the Alps.  I cannot think of anywhere I would commit non-refundable airfare/lodging $ in advance to ski in that timeframe. fatbob and rod9301 had the right advice.  If there's snow at the places you can drive to in early December on short notice, go for it.  If not, save your $ and stay home.

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