We are already getting booked up with avid cyclists for the 18th stage of the Tour de France from briancon to the Col d'Izoard. So book quickly with us at www.alpbase.com if you want a part of the action. See the info on this link: http://www.letour.fr/le-tour/2017/us/stage-18.html
PUY SAINT VINCENT SKI RESORT Opens Sat 17th December Pretty Puy Saint Vincent sits on the edge of the Ecrins National Park in the Southern French Alps, not far from the Italian border. The closest airport is Turin, less than two hours away, or add another hour to drive from Grenoble or Chambéry. The ski resort of Puy Saint Vincent is called, with reason “la protégée des vents (Village sheltered from the wind)" benefitting from the high peaks that surround it, making the most from its north face and its location next to many substantial glaciers in the Ecrins range. Puy is known for late-season snow and an average 300 days a year of sunshine. The whole ski area is in the sun until mid-afternoon. The skiing extends to 2,750m with 75km of marked ski runs. There’s a snow park and boarder cross, and advanced skiers will be challenged by a wide choice of reds and two blacks – one tricky for its sheer steepness, the other for its moguls. There’s plenty of off-piste through larch forest, but professional guides are recommended for the big off-piste challenges of Narreyroux valley and the Col du Bal. As well as alpine skiing, there are 60km of cross country skiing trails, mapped, marked, covered in quality snow and surrounded by breath-taking 360 ° views in Puy-Saint-Vincent and Vallouise, You don’t need any previous experience and you can start direct from the door of several Alpbase properties. There is also a complete range of activities other than skiing: - Sledging, snowshoeing, ice climbing, paragliding, snake-sledging (snake-gliss), ice skating, ice skating, and even dog sleighing, or skidooing! You can buy your Puy Saint Vincent ski pass online here. http://ski.puysaintvincent.com/Accueil/page_70_38_EN.html
At the end of last week, ( sept 30th 2016) there were only 80 meters to dig. Except hazard, Eiffage should have completed the drilling of Chambon diversion tunnel in a fortnight. It took less than four months to dig the necessary 496 meters. Additional works (upstream tunnel portal and crossing the brook Lavoir, piercing of the emergency tunnel) are also nearing completion. The piercing of the diversion tunnel of Chambon, who must restore the RD 1091 and the normal connection between Briançon and Grenoble, was hired in early July. It mobilizes forty workers, day and night. The Department of Isère wants to temporarily open this new tunnel at the end of the year in time for the winter season, "barring the unforeseen." The tunnel will then be closed again in mid-March 2017 to complete its development. It temporarily open the heart of summer, then definitely at the end of 2017.
If you are coming to Vallouise for a walking holiday download this app. Its free and in English and really really good. Not only does it tell you info on all the walks, plus map of route etc, but also tells you all about the flora and fauna, and other points of interest you are likely to see on the walk. Once downloaded it also works when you don't have wifi. Download it now. http://rando.ecrins-parcnational.fr/en/