We came to Europe from Paris CDG and got a train to Nice. Cold, but a very good weather allow us to walking around. Who said Nice has no ski??? Well, not in Nice for sure, but we found out that there are at least 3 places to ski near Nice. Better for one of that places you'll find a bus service for 1Euro and the trip is around 1 hour long. Take a look!
Baggage into the car. So, let's take the road...
We drove from Nice to Rome in a sunny day and did the first half of the trip using secondary roads. Fantastic. Night coming it's time to get the Autoroute (until Vintimiglia) and the (la Autoestradra) til Rome.
Rome was a great and positive surprise. The city is clean and vibrant, kind people good restaurants, etc
After that we drove to Cassia, Assisi, stop at Siena - amazing, Montaltino and got the way up to the North. At the end of the day, a strong snow storm catch us on the road and we decide to make a strategic stop. Fortunately we found out the Hotel Diamante, at Alessandria, close to Turin. I think that we've made the best choice we could. cos the conditions quickly deteriorated.
Next day, batteries recharged! Car on the road again and Next stop Les Arcs!!!!
The last Kms from Alessandria until the France border were a quite tense since the temps were so low and the road some times looks like a bit froze.
But, after pass a tunnel few Kms before the Bardonechia the sun came out and the day became very beaut full.
From this part of the trip the landscape was ever astonishing. Of course the snow from now are at sight!!!! :)
Next Stop... Albertville !!!
Go to the supermarket of course!!!! Pasta, cheese, some beers and wine.... a Beaujolais, a Bordeaux, a St Emilion... chocolate... Fondue...
Next stop Les Arcs!!!
We finally realize how simple could be to drive to the mountains. Getting information about the weather from Web sites, TV and paying attention to the signals we were able to get on the 1950 with no stress. But once at the top, a smooth snow begins to drop and I've be noticed that drive back asap should be a must. Right decision, because few minutes later we have a thin white coverture, one hour later, just winter tires or chains to get the road.
But, I was able to drive back down to the Bourg St. Maurice and back to Albertville easily and with no stress.
After a train, from Albertville to BSM, a funicular to Les Arcs 1600 and a bus to 1950 I was back to the hotel. Tired but after a good shower and a glass of wine completely relaxed and ready to SKI!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next day -SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII
Sunny day, good snow at some points icy in another ones. Me and my son, just skied all the directions absolutely amazed with the size of the pistes and the whole mountain.
Next day - SKI, ski and ski, no time to waste!!!!!
Windy and cooooold day but since had snowed all night we experienced a powder day!
Huge!! Some one from here told us to try just the Les Arcs lift ticket, instead of Paradiski, since we just have 4 days of ski. This is absolutely true. We cannot cover all the Les Arcs domain on the 4 days.
Ski Ski Ski
1950 is a Little village where the best is to ski in and out.
We've rented skis at Intersports, good set.
Things we really liked were:
They have long runs, well signaled and treated pistes.
The Lift system is very good and quickly, the maximum time we wait in line was about 3 minutes.
People on the lifts and elsewhere are kind and very supportive.
Well, as all good things came to end, after four days we get taxi down to BSM and a train to Annecy.
Well, that's it!!!