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Saint-Lary-Soulan, France

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Saint-Lary-Soulan is a commune of the Hautes-Pyrénées département in France.

Saint-Lary Soulan is located in the Midi-Pyrenees, the largest région in France.

Saint Lary is located in Hautes-Pyrénées 80km south of the département capital Tarbes located next to the Le Néouvielle Nature Reserve and the Pyrenees National Park and is a 20 minute drive to Spain.

Saint Lary-Soulan is one of the largest ski resorts in the French Pyrenees with over 100km of downhill slopes. There are 53 pistes spread over three linked, and yet distinct sectors. Saint Lary 1700 is known as the Pla d’Adet sector and provides family skiing including snow kindergarten, toboggan run and a ‘Kidpark’, a snowpark aimed at young skiers aged between 6 and 12 yrs. Saint Lary 1900 is known as the Espiaube sector and is frequented by more experienced skiers. The showpiece ski run is the Mirabelle which descends 700 metres over its 3.6 Km length. Saint Lary 2400 has a snowpark which doubles as a skate park in the summer, mogul and slalom stadiums and also provides access to Lake Oule for snow-shoeing.

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Piau-Engaly - Pyrenees, France

April 12th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

"Set in the centre of a sunny corrie at the foot of the mountain slopes, just a stone’s throw from Spain and the Aragon Canyons, Piau-Engaly offers you exceptional scope for leisure activities in the high mountain air, unmatched in the Pyrenees."

[Source: www.piau-engaly.com]

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Col du Galibier, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col du Galibier (el. 2647 m.) is a high mountain pass in the southern region of the French Dauphiné Alps near Grenoble. It is often the highest point of the Tour de France.

It connects Saint-Michel-de-Maurienne and Briançon via the col du Télégraphe and the Col du Lautaret. The pass is closed during the winter.

It is located between the massif d'Arvan-Villards and the massif des Cerces, taking its name from the secondary chain of mountains known as the Galibier.

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Les Deux Alpes, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Les Deux Alpes (also Les 2 Alpes or Les 2 Alpes 3600) is a ski resort in the French Isère département. The town sits at 1650m (5,413 ft.) and lifts run to 3600m (11,811 ft.). It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France's second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix. It is a 71 km (44 mile) drive southeast of Grenoble.

The "two Alps" in the name do not refer to the two mountains that the resort encompasses but rather the two villages of Venosc and Mont De Lans that sit at either end of the north-south plateau on which the resort was built. Access to the resort is by road from the north - no road connects the resort to Venosc down the steep slope to the south.

The glacier enables year-round skiing. A funicular railway tunnelled under the ice transports skiers and, in summer, tourists to 3450 m (11,319 fr.), from where panoramic views can be seen of the surroundings, including Mont Blanc, some 100 km (62 miles) distant, L'Alpe d'Huez and the Plateau de Vercors above Grenoble.

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Alpe d’Huez, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Alpe d'Huez is a mountain in the Central French Alps, located on the territory of the commune of Huez, in the Isère département. Alpe d'Huez is also a famous ski resort 1850 metres (6,069 ft) high.

Alpe d'Huez is the most famous mountain climb in the Tour de France. While the tour route varies from year to year, l'Alpe d'Huez has hosted a stage finish almost every year since 1976. The Tour de France first finished a stage on l'Alpe d'Huez in 1952. That stage was won by the Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi.

The climb up Alpe d'Huez is 13.8 km at an average gradient of 8.1% with 21 hairpin bends marked with panels honouring the winners of each stage that has finished there. Having finished there for the 22nd time in 2001 the authorities have had to start again at the bottom with a double panel honouring Fausto Coppi and Lance Armstrong.

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Col de la Madeleine, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col de la Madeleine (el. 1993 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Alps in the department of Savoie in France.

It connects La Chambre in Maurienne with Aigueblanche and Feissons-sur-Isère in Tarentaise. The southern approach from La Chambre is 19.3 km with an average grade of 8 percent. The northern approach from Aigueblance is 28.3 km with an average grade of 5 percent. The pass is closed from November to the beginning of June.

The pass has been on the route of the Tour de France 22 times, the first time in 1969, and most recently in 2005.

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Col du Glandon i Col de la Croix de Fer, France

April 10th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Col du Glandon (el. 1924 m.) is a high mountain pass in the Dauphiné Alps in Savoie, France, linking Bourg d'Oisans to La Chambre. It is situated between the Belledonne, Grandes Rousses and Arvan-Villards mountain ranges, west of the Col de la Croix de Fer. The road over the Col du Glandon was opened in 1898, although it was not linked to the Col de la Croix de Fer until 1912.

The pass is only open from June to October.

Col de la Croix de Fer (English: Pass of the Iron Cross) (el. 2067 m.) is a high mountain pass in the French Alps linking Le Bourg-d'Oisans and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

The approach from the northeast from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne is 29.5 km, and the one from the southwest from Rochetaillée 31.5 km. When coming from Rochetaillée, the road forks 2.5 km before the summit, leading to the Col du Glandon.

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Fagaras Mountains, Romania

April 4th, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 

Făgăraş Mountains are the highest mountains of the Southern Carpathians, in Romania. The highest peaks are Moldoveanu (2544 m), Negoiu (2535 m), Viştea Mare (2527 m), Lespezi (2522 m), Vânătoarea lui Buteanu (2507 m), and Dara (2501 m). They are bordered in the north by the Făgăraş Depression, through which the Olt river flows, and in the west by the Olt Valley (Valea Oltului). The city Făgăraş lies north of the mountains. The most important city in the area is Sibiu.

A road called the Transfăgărăşan is constructed across the Făgăraş Mountains.

Bâlea (2034 m, 46,508 m², 11.35 m deep) is one of the many glacier lakes in the Făgăraş Mountains. Other lakes: Podragu (2140 m, 28,550 m²), Urlea (2170 m, 20,150 m²), Capra (2230 m, 18,340 m²).

The Făgăraş Mountains are a very popular hiking, trekking and skiing destination in Romania.

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