Champoluc after heavy snow last winter

Champoluc after heavy snow last winter.
Champoluc is a picturesque quiet village. As a resort, it focuses more on family vacations, but lovers of extreme sensations are among the regular guests. Champoluc is the center of the Monte Rosa ski area, which is unofficially called the “Italian Three Valleys”.
The ski area got its name in honor of the Monte Rosa massif, which dominates the surrounding landscape: Dufour peak reaches an altitude of 4634 meters. The three valleys of the skiing region connected by a single network of lifts - Alanya-Valsesia, Val de Ayas (Champoluc is located here) and Gressoney - provide fantastic opportunities for off-piste skiing.

Is there such a thing as too much snow? That week, when I arrived in Champoluc in the Italian province of Valle d’Aosta, it seemed to me that the whole village was buried under the snow. The trees looked like dense clouds of cotton candy, cars were hiding under huge snowdrifts, and it would take days to dig them out. The air itself sparkled with frost.
Every morning, a fresh set of hastily printed warning posters appeared on the walls of the Chalet Champoluc. “High avalanche hazard,” one said. “Do not enter the area near the church.”
You know, the situation will seem serious to anyone, even if going to church is a dangerous adventure.
Maybe we are on the verge of an era when winters will gradually disappear, but that was one of the rare weeks when life in the resort freezes due to heavy snowfall.

At first I was delighted because I had long dreamed of riding the famous freeride slopes of the Monte Rosa region. And the better the freeride, the deeper the powder.
I came with a group of old friends. We had our children with us, who, we hoped, would soon be able to hone their basic skiing skills in the friendly atmosphere of the resort’s ski school and would appreciate the 180-kilometer network of trails in the three valleys. But the snow ruined our plans: the school did not work, the increased avalanche hazard did not allow us to cross the slopes, and the connection with other resorts in the region - Gressoney and Alanya - was closed.

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The Pyrenees (endonyms: els Pirineus or el Pirineu in Catalan, Pyrénées in French, Pirenèus in Occitan, Pireneu in Aragonese, Pirinioak in Basque, Pirineos in Spanish) are a set of ranges (forming one mountain range) located at the north of the Iberian Peninsula and crossing the entire length of the isthmus that unites the Peninsula to the rest of Europe.

They extend from the Mediterranean Sea (Cap de Creus) on the east, to the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay) on the west; to the south, there is the depression of the Ebro and to the north the one of the Garonne.

The Pyrenees occupy the northern part of Catalonia, Aragon, Navarre and Basque Country; the southern parts of the North Basque Country (France) and Occitania (Bearn, Gascunya, and Languedoc); the west and south parts of northern Catalonia (France); and the whole of Andorra. The border between France and Spain mostly follows the Pyrenees. The Basque Country and Catalonia are located respectively at the west and east end of the mountain range.

The range is about 425 km long and has a width that generally does not exceed 100 km, with a total area of 19,000 km². The five highest peaks in the mountain chain are the Aneto (3,404 m), the Pocets peak (3,375 m), the Monte Perdido (3,355 m) (cat. Mont Perdut), the Punta d’Astorg (3,355 m) and the Pic Maldito (3,350 m ).

Despite its unity as a massif, it is often convenient to divide the range into differentiated areas depending on the context. According to the slope: the northern or the southern slopes of the Pyrenees; to the territory, the Catalan, Occitan, Aragonese and Basque Pyrenees; or even region: Pirineu d’Aude, Pirineu de Girona, Pirineu de Navarra. On the other hand, it can be divided in terms of altitude: the Upper and Lower Pyrenees, the Pre-Pyrenees (the lowest mountain ranges around the massif itself), or more proportionally the eastern Pyrenees, the central Pyrenees and the western Pyrenees. Finally, it is divided into climate zones of the Atlantic Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Pyrenees.пиренейские-горы-fe4a814585fлучшие-автомобили-мира-с-жорди-виларо-bd193ba0dd68


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