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Paris and the Alps Question

post #1 of 5
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I'm going to Europe for the first time. 

 

A friend agreed to meet me in Paris; give me a free place to stay and show me around.  But I'm starting to think I shouldn't have agreed to paris and should have gone to Alps instead so I can ski.

 

I fly into Paris on Feb 3rd. enjoy 4, 5th 6th in Paris and then in the evening head to the Alps for skiing on the 7 - 9th.   Then hoping over to Netherlands on the 10th to meet up with girlfriend.

 

Is this possible or too ambitious?  I'm even thinking of cutting short the Paris trip down to two days; giving me Sunday to travel and rest up.   Any suggestions from more experienced Bears?

 

The other thing that is driving me insane; whether I'm in France or Netherlands the local soccer team is playing away during my stays !!!!

 

post #2 of 5

Sounds like you are making it just in time before the French school break (called Vacances d'hiver) which starts in mid-February. So that's good, prices won't be too step and lodging suppose to be available. not sure about crowds on the slopes...

 

You can take a TGV to Lyon or Grenoble (3/4h from Paris respectively) but then you will have to get to the actual resort by the bus or get rental car and drive there. Either way be prepared for the long commute. One good thing - if you decide to go to Holland - there is a direct flight from Lyon to Amsterdam (KLM or Air France). So you can make such arrangements that you fly to Paris, go skiing, get to Lyon and fly to Amsterdam without returning to Paris.

 

Its gonna be tight, I would probably choose to stay in Paris for the entire stint - it's a great city and regardless of season it is great to explore, but that's me.

 

Good luck,

 

Vlad

post #3 of 5

You can go all the way to Bourg-St Maurice for Les Arcs and La Plagne. No need for coaches or taxis. Just walk to the end of the platform and take the Gondola up to Les Arcs. Not very attractive, but great skiing. 

 

Alternatively you have the Lunea night train to Briançon for Serre Chevalier and Montgenevre. Again no need to commute for Serre Chevalier.

 

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Originally Posted by Volf View Post

You can go all the way to Bourg-St Maurice for Les Arcs and La Plagne. No need for coaches or taxis. Just walk to the end of the platform and take the Gondola up to Les Arcs. Not very attractive, but great skiing. 

 

 



I agree this is probably the best plan because of the time constraints. The ugliness of the purpose-built resort will be offset by the good skiing and the days of sight-seeing in Paris.

 

post #5 of 5

I do agree,

 

"...Bourg-St Maurice for Les Arcs and La Plagne. No need for coaches or taxis. Just walk to the end of the platform and take the Gondola..."

 

Looks like the best choice.

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