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Latest on La Grave - Joe Vallone weighs in

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I know a fair few on here have heard of the American Guide living in La Grave, Joe Valllone.

He's rather passionate about the La Grave situation and a while back we had dinner with him and a couple of other LG stalwarts.

My OH sent Joe a series of questions, and that sort of between them developed into a more in depth feature, which has had a very positive response with Signal La Grave campaign getting behind it as well.

It's a very long, but worth a read, article here
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@Weathercam, Interesting read, thanks for that.
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Great article, very interesting. But a little sad too. As the man says La Grave has/had an opportunity to be something special but seems to be determined to take another (mainstream?) route. Shame.
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Really nice article.

He knows his way about the place too
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Interesting. Clearly not afraid to speak his mind and I can imagine that local tiny village politics are labyrinthine. Not sure that I totally agree with all his ideas like building out nice restaurants on the mountain and serving grande machiatos is the key to success, part of the charm of La Grave is the "please pis in the hole" homeliness. But I can totally accept I'm out of touch and a new market of big spending Norrona junkies could be attracted by a few more frills and a slicker website.
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very interesting. caught some of the local flavour on my trip there last week... it would be easy to dismiss Joe's comments as 'typical American'... but then, it _is_ in France, and the French do have their own culture. The locals I spoke to seemed very guarded about the future, and I got the feeling that the local politics will have a disproportionate impact on the solution chosen.
having said that, it's a great place to ski, with all it's foibles... would be interesting to get the views of some of the more experienced French riders who have skied the smaller 'resorts' (not that La Grave is really a resort - its more of a mountain with a lift), as I think there are quite a few small ski areas that have a lower profile but just as good riding...
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I was also there last week and enjoyed some of the best conditions I have ever skied in La Grave (if you discount the rocks lurking 20 cm under the surface of the fresh snow). We skied in Serre Che one of the days and, at the end of the day, our guide hitched back to his home in Briancon. It turns out that the guy who picked him up was the mayor of La Grave. Our guide did grill him a bit but he didn't give too much away. He just said there would be an announcement on the La Grave website 'in the coming days'. This was Wednesday last week and nothing seems to have been put up.

It is a special place and one that I would love to return to year after year. I think its biggest chance of survival in its current (or similar) form is through a rich benefactor. I simply can't see the place becoming a commercially viable proposition without the investment that would remove what makes the place what it is. Who knows - I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Really really interesting read, and sobering re the glacier retreatment.
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Great read, thanks for sharing. Looking forward to my week in La Grave next week Smile
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A fantastic read. Disturbing how the glacier is being 'excavated'
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Heard about the background to this last week and now's been confirmed, sort of bears out what Joe was saying, whole thing way too political with old animosities curtailing any chance of moving forward rolling eyes

http://www.ledauphine.com/hautes-alpes/2017/03/13/telepherique-de-la-meije-la-compagnie-des-alpes-jette-l-eponge
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We throw the towel in, the Frenchies throw the sponge!!!
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Decision made !!
http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=131838
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You know it makes sense.
Good news, old news!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/ski/news/new-deal-la-grave-safeguards-french-ski-resort-cult-appeal/
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