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  • FREE Ecrins National Park walking mobile app.

    The Ecrins National Park is the perfect destination to hike with family, friends or for sportspeople.

    Now there is an Ecrins Trekking website and downloadable application that has hundred treks and more than 1000 points of interest described and illustrated with many pictures. The website contains a dynamic map, a 3D navigation, some GPS tracks and free downloadable printable sheets of the hikes.
    Rando Ecrins mobile
    The mobile application is now available for free on Android and iOS (iPhone and iPad).

    It enables you to browse all of the treks descriptions, pictures and points of interest.
    You can also download the hikes in your smartphone or your tablet to look at them without internet connection.

    http://rando.ecrins-parcnational.fr/en/

     
  • Spring is here

    14th April and 25 degrees today. The migrating birds are back, and the Spring flowers have sprung.

     
  • IGLOO Pelvoux open 14.00 - 19.00 Free

    A fantastic igloo labyrinth has been created at the Pelvoux ski station with ice art within. It is open every afternoon and is FREE. Well worth a visit even if you don't have children.

     
  • Cross Country Skiing Col du Lautaret

    We had a wonderful day cross country skiing on the 8K cross country ski track right on the Col du Lautaret today. They only piste this area when the snow conditions lower down are thin so this was a rare experience, but all the more special for that!

     
  • SNOW 60cm+ 27 Dec Vallouise

    At long last the snow has come. Today we had a huge dump so now all the pistes will be open at Puy Saint Vincent and Pelvoux, plus all the cross country skiing.

     
  • Puy Saint Vincent officially the cheapest of the top 20 ski resorts in France.

    Skiing can be an expensive hobby so a new league table listing the country's cheapest ski resorts could come in handy for those on a budget.
    Accommodation site Locasun has come up with a pricing classification system for 20 of the most popular ski resorts in France based on the cost per kilometre. And the title for the cheapest resort goes to Serre Chevalier in the southern French Alps, where the price of speeding downhill works out at just €2 per kilometre.
    However, if size is taken out of the equation and the resorts are ranked on cost alone – including accommodation, lift passes and equipment hire – Serre Chevalier drops to the middle of the table, with a week's stay costing on average €499 per person, while Puy-Saint-Vincent in the Hautes Alpes comes out cheapest, with a week's stay costing €363.72.
    Check out this article:
    http://www.thelocal.fr/20141107/cheapest-ski-slope-france-most-expensive

     
  • Puy Saint Vincent, and Pelvoux ski stations open 13/12/14 - 19/04/15

    A 6 day pass for Pelvoux is only €75 and includes a day at PSV. A 6 day pass for PSV is €153 and gives you the right to also spend a day skiing at each of the following: Serre-Chevalier/Briancon, Montgenevre, Sestrieres/La voie lactee, Les 2 Alpes, L’Alpe d’Huez, La Grave and Pelvoux.
    http://www.ski-pelvoux.com/8-special-semaine-6-jours
    http://ski.puysaintvincent.com/Fichiers/Internet/Cgv/cgv-9001-Tarif-caisse_FR.pdf

     
  • Vallouise Art Course

    The Alpbase Autumn Art Course is now in full swing. Lots of technique demonstrations from our artist Dawn, before going out into the beautiful Autumn colours of Ailefroide to put it all into practise!

     
  • Lottie and Jerry climb the Dome des Ecrins on the 150th anniversary of Whympers 1st ascent

    Lottie and Jerry climbed the Dome des Ecrins today 25th June 2014, on the 150th anniversary of Edward Whympers 1st ascent. So now we want to know "is Lottie the youngest English girl ( just 16) to climb this"?

     
  • Road to Pre de Mme Carle now open

    The road above Ailefroide to Pre de Mme Carle has now been opened. We went to the refuge Cezanne this evening and saw marmotes and chamois.

     
  • Edward Whymper 150th anniversary celebrations of 1st ascent of the Barre des Ecrins - Vallouise

    Vallouise will be celebrating the 1st ascent of the Barre des Ecrins mountain 4102m by Edward Whymper this Summer. On 25th June there will be a special ceremony, and all Summer there will be a cabin in the square in Vallouise with a display and information.

     
  • Orchids in Ailefroide

    The pink and yellow orchids are just begining to flower above Ailefroide, and the Spring parking is open towards Pre de Madame Carle.

     
  • Our new penthouse flat Kingsbridge Devon UK available to rent

    Located in the heart of the popular market town of Kingsbridge Devon UK. Our new apartment overlooks the tidal waters at the head of the Salcombe Estuary, and enjoys a commanding view across its surroundings. The wonderful beaches of the South Hams including Bigbury, Thurlestone and Bantham are only a short
    drive away along with the yachting centres of Salcombe and Dartmouth. It has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and sleeps up to 4 people. See this property on this page of our website: http://www.alpbase.com/accommodations/view/Apt+Malt Contact us for rental details.

     
  • Earthquake in Vallouise

    Last night at 21.27h 07.04.2014 Vallouise experienced an earthquake of 5.17 on the Richter scale. The earthquake was felt from Grenoble to Nice! Everything vibrated for roughly 15-20 seconds, the chalet shook quite violently, but no damage was done.

     
  • Winter road conditions telephone Numbers

    Informations col du Lautaret et col du Montgenèvre : 04 92 24 44 44

    Informations routières (CRIR) : 08 26 02 20 22

     
  • Fantastic artificial ice climbing wall, Aiguilles.

    Want to ice climb in the sun, 2 mins from the car? 15+ top roping lines between 15 &20m high between grade 3 and 5. Great for beginners and practising new techniques. Plus its free!

     
  • 5/02/14 So much snow in Vallouise

    Yesterday nearly 50cm of snow fell during the afternoon!
    and we already had masses. The weather forecast is for even more during the next few days

     
  • Snow arrives just in time for Christmas

    It was a near thing, but we have just had a big dump of snow, so now Puy Saint Vincent Ski resort is fully open and looking beautiful!

     
  • Ice climbing Ecrins - 10 mins from Alpbase

    Ice Climbing Ecrins
    From 16th to 19th January 2014
    L'Argentière la Bessée - Hautes Alpes
    Every winter since 1990, Ice Climbing Ecrins (ICE) brings together a community of enthusiasts: glacierists, mountaineers, climbers, outdoor activity professionals, lovers of freedom, of strength and of the white.

    The ICE is known throughout the world, but it is in France that it has become the most important meeting ever since the beginning.

    Why here ?
    In the Fournel and Freyssinières valleys, our neighbours, the waterfalls in the winter become spectacular columns of ice. As illustration, these names given by their pioneers: the Giant of Storms, Moon Kiss, the Elephants Graveyard, Just an Illusion, the Blue Palace….

    After the success of 2013, this 24th Edition promises to be rich in emotions. Let yourself be tempted … Come and join us from the 16th to the 19th of January.



    CONTACT : Cathy Jolibert
    Tel: (+33)6.19.60.47.95

    Send an e-mail

     
  • JERRY’S INSULIN CHALLENGE 2013

    As you might know I am a Type 1 Diabetic. And each year I organise an Insulin Challenge to raise money for young diabetic children in Third World countries. This year my Insulin Challenge is to make a new route up the largest unclimbed face in South America – The SW Face of The South Tower of Paine in Southern Patagonia.

     

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