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Preview the Savoy slopes
Written by: Jiří Vašek
Skiing the Savoy Alps is an unforgettable
experience, but France is pretty far away, and travel agencies don't
usually have the latest information on snow conditions, open pistes,
or lift operations. Visit the web sites of individual resorts to get
the info you need to plan a trip.
This single site represents "Three Valleys", associating
the highest, Val Thorens, popular Méribel and Les Menuires,
Courchevel, and the small villages of La Tania and Brides-Les-Bains
and Orelle. You can go to the resort where you want to stay,
or you can watch web camera broadcasts. Unfortunately the
more precise "route planner" on the orientation
map refuses to communicate, as do the windows for on-line
reservations and paying for lift passes. All the centers
have interlinked trails totalling 600 km, so a map would
be a good idea. Instead, the site offers the creation of
a day-long program depending on the weather and your skiing
A nice web presentation of this peaceful center, ideal for
families with children, which people here call simply "Plán_" (Planes).
Its French and English versions offer both a well laid-out
map of the entire area and a panoramic aerial view. Also
useful is the link to "practicalities", under which
there are descriptions of arrival routes to a total of ten
villages that constitute the "planes", including
bus and train links. It also has detailed maps of individual
parts of the resort, with numbers marking hotels, swimming
pools, lift and cable-car boarding stations, bus stops, ski
schools, etc. Informative documents in PDF format are also
The "Two Alps" site is targeted mainly on combining
fun on the slopes with night life, or "aprŹs ski",
in a well arranged presentation. Lodging and services - pubs,
shops, banks, healthcare facilities, etc - are all listed.
Clicking a sun symbol reveals all weather conditions, while
a rosette links to information for getting to the resort.
You can also buy lift passes on-line and find out if the
all-terrain trail to the village of La Grave is open.
This nearly unknown winter center near Europe's tallest mountain,
Mont Blanc, is about 20 minutes from the renowned Albertville.
The resort's web site, covering four villages, provides information
on slopes for night-skiing with torches, sleigh rides, visits
to a breeding station for draught dogs, opening hours of
small churches, and more. There's a precise map of trails
and their elevation drops, info about trips on snowshoes
and to local cheese makers, as well as connections to the
neighboring centers of Flumet, Notre Dame de Bellecombe,
and Praz sur Arly. Each of these has information on snow
cover, on access roads as well as slopes!
Operated by the international information center Ski in France
in cooperation with CK Skol, this site has information arranged
for Czech travelers to France. Important telephone numbers,
connections from Savoy Alps to the airports in Geneva or
Lyons, open hours of resort offices, French holidays, etc.
The site also offers a list of tour operators focusing on
ski outings, including contacts, and a pictogram guide to
about 30 of the best-known centers, with updated daily snow
conditions. The detailed interactive map of the Alps shows
individual sites - just a click of the mouse reveals all
you need to know prior to departing.
A modernized site operated by the Road and Highway Directorate,
intended to inform drivers about current road conditions. Info
ranges from roads under construction to winter reports on roadway
A new web site that should facilitate contacts between citizens
and landmark department officials. It contains news concerning
landmark care in Prague, including information on grants and
other related legislation.
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