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On These French Ski Slopes, You’re on Your Own

NY Times - LA GRAVE, France — As I lowered myself by rope down a 100-foot cliff into Trifides 1, a marquee ski run here, I remembered the words of the mountain guide Joe Vallone: “Skiing in La Grave will change your life.”<br /> <br /> Surrounded by windswept glaciers and dwarfed by the 13,068-foot La Meije, a shark toothlike peak that towers over the 12th century village of La Grave, a steep skiing mecca about 50 miles east of Grenoble, I was about to discover exactly what Mr. Vallone meant.<br /> <br /> Lesson 1: Adventure and skiing go hand in hand here, and reaching the slopes by rope is not uncommon in La Grave, a ski area — if you can even call it that — that features no avalanche control, snow grooming or artificial slopes.<br /> <br /> http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/travel/skiing-lagrave-france.html<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
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