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Encyclopedia > Val d'Isère

Val d'Isère is a famous ski resort and a commune located (45°27′ N 6°58′ E (http://kvaleberg.com/extensions/mapsources/index.php?params=45_27_N_6_58_E_)) in the Savoie département, in France, near the Italian border. A ski area is a place where one goes to participate in the sports of skiing and snowboarding. ... The commune (in French: commune, word appeared in the 12th century, from Medieval Latin communia, gathering of people sharing a common life, from Latin communis, things held in common) is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. ... Savoie is a French département. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France, roughly analogous to British counties and are now grouped into 22 metropolitan and four overseas régions. ...


The Face du Bellevarde was the scene of the men's downhill race as part of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Val d'Isère will host the 2009 Alpine skiing World Cup. The XVI Olympic Winter Games were held in 1992 in France. ... 2009 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The alpine skiing World Cup is a circuit of alpine skiing competitions regulated by the FIS. Held at ski resorts across Europe, the continental US, and Canada, competitors compete to achieve the best time in four disciplines: Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Downhill. ...

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The skiing

Val d'Isère is most recognisable by its charming "chalet" architecture. Along with nearby Tignes, (and to a lesser extent Val Claret and Tignes-les-Brevières), the area forms part of the "l'Espace Killy," the self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World." Beauty aside, the combined space is one of the largest ski areas in the world. Supposedly, it would take in the neighborhood of two weeks to ski every one of its 140-plus slopes. Tignes is a ski resort near Val dIsère in France. ...


The glacier de pissaillas (Pissaillas Glacier) offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare. Snow cannons are placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. The ski slopes themselves are equipped with a high-volume gondola, able to transport standing skiiers, traditional chair lifts--some with windshields and many detachable, button/disc-pulls, tow-ropes, and a few t-bars. There are both groomed slopes and backcountry (off-piste) skiing. A snow cannon is a device used to make artificial snow. ... Backcountry skiing or off-piste skiing is skiing in a sparsely inhabited rural region, where fixed mechanical means of ascent (chairlifts, cable cars etc. ...


Tignes possesses more of the same, with a funicular shuttling skiers up through one of the mountains to the Grande Motte glacier. The slopes in both areas cover all four of the French slope difficulty designations: from green (very easy) through blue, red, and black (very difficult). In the village, après-ski (nightlife) is lively, with a good selection of bars and clubs. A shuttle runs past most resorts, providing free transport throughout the town proper. There are numerous shops for clothing and ski goods, as well as a small grocer. Tignes is a ski resort near Val dIsère in France. ... Angels Flight, Los Angeles, California with gantlet track configuration A funicular, also called funicular railway or inclined railway, inclined plane, or in the United Kingdom a cliff railway, consists of a system of transport in which cables attach to a tram-like vehicle on rails to move it up and... Après-ski is french origin and means after skiing. It refers to going out, having drinks, and dancing after skiing. ...


History

Skiing in Val d'Isère (http://www.pistehors.com/resorts/northern/tarentaise/val-disere-history.htm) has its roots in the 1930s when a drag lift was built on the slopes of the Solaise. This was followed by a Aerial_tramway (cable car). Events and trends The 1930s were spent struggling for a solution to the global depression. ... Cable car at Zell am See in the Austrian Alps. ...


See also

Jean-Claude Killy (born August 30, 1943) is a French alpine skier and a triple Olympic champion. ...

External link

  • http://www.valdisere.com/
  • Skiing Val d´Isere (http://www.winterreisen.de/ski_f.htm)

 
 

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