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Aussies Do Europe - Live trip report.

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@sbooker, like you we are not a religious family either, but was still an exceptional experience, and would thoroughly recommend going.

I would check the start time with the local tourist office and get there a bit early as the church fills up quickly, I think it started around 6pm when we were there.

The landladies young children of the chalet we stayed in were performing in the nativity show, so she made sure we got there early enough to grab a seat.
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Thanks everyone for all the advice.
So many things to see and do but so little time.
I’m sure we’ll have a ball.
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viv wrote:
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then chase the snow and powder.....


If you do need to chase snow, it's most likely there'll have been snow come in from the west, which will fall in France, but normally gets as far as south-west Switzerland. If this is the case, your best options for you itinerary are all from Aosta:
1. Tunnel through to Chamonix
2. Ski link from Cervinia to drop into Zermatt - but pay attention to any lift closing, as it's a verrrrry long and expensive taxi ride backif you get caught the wrong side
3. Drive over Grand St. Bernard and drop down to Verbier (or the small resorts beforehand)
Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa can have a huge impact on the weather, and you often get very different conditions either side (and I've never seen similar conditions in Courmayeur and Chamonix when I've gone through the tunnel, though then again I've normally gone through the tunnel for a reason)


I must admit Aosta being relatively accessible to Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn was part of the reason we chose to head that way. Good info on the difference in conditions. Hopefully the Italian side gets some attention from the snow gods in the next couple of months.
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@sbooker, Enjoy. I am a Kiwi originally, have lived in the UK, Oz and the States but now feel at home in Austria skiing all over Europe. Enjoy your trip Toofy Grin snowHead
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Aussie Steve wrote:
That's one full on trip for winter in Europe. I suspect you might be trying to do too much in a few weeks. I would have cut the Aosta leg and concentrated on Austria, Dolomites, Venice. My son has lived in Bavaria the last decade so I've had frequent road trips and ski trips through the Alps in autumn and winter. It takes a lot longer to get from point A to point B in Europe than it does in Oz.


Totally my thoughts after reading the itinerary.

I guess it's like those American whistle-stop tours of Europe...kid asks 'Where are we, Dad?' he replies 'It's Tuesday son, so it must be Belgium!'

You might do 500km in Oz to get to a ski hill, but that's because there are are only a handful of options. Oz is empty compared to Europe, the Alps are the playground of the many large cities around it. The Alps themselves are home to 13m people, must be over 50m when you include the many towns & cities within a few hours drive and when any number of them get on the road, it does hamper progress.

Between Munich & Venice and without deviating far, there must be more skiing than you could cover in many seasons!

Good choice on Arabba for a week though, you will love it around there.
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Check out the ski resort maps for the Tyrol & NE Italy here, littered with resorts you will be shooting past:

https://www.bergfex.com/italien/

https://www.bergfex.com/tirol/

I guess you have your reasons for traversing the length of the Alps, there's no doubt you will see & do a lot, skiing in Austria has a special atmosphere with it's lively apres, the Matterhorn is spectacular from the Swiss side, the Dolomites and Venice will blow you away, so enjoy it all!!
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Good choice on Arabba for a week though, you will love it around there.


I'll be on my 3rd Snowheads Arabba Bash in February 2019 following 2 other Dolomites ski trips. I keep going back because there is so much to see and ski. A quote....
The Dolomites – the largest ski area in the world. ... The Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy offer the world's largest lift-served ski region. It's an enormous, modern network of 460 ski lifts, 50 ski areas, 45 resorts, 12 valley communities and 1,220km of groomed trails. This entire area is covered on one lift pass!
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After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
sbooker,

Great responses to the "too many miles" comments!

e.g. "We have busy lives so a busy holiday is just fine." Very Happy Very Happy

I know what people are saying but you seem well prepared for it.

Planes, trains and automobiles! Very Happy Very Happy

By the way - you must ensure that you ski to La Rosiere (linked to La Thuile by ski lift), so you can add France to your ski countries on the trip! wink
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Bergmeister wrote:
sbooker,

Great responses to the "too many miles" comments!

e.g. "We have busy lives so a busy holiday is just fine." Very Happy Very Happy

I know what people are saying but you seem well prepared for it.

Planes, trains and automobiles! Very Happy Very Happy

By the way - you must ensure that you ski to La Rosiere (linked to La Thuile by ski lift), so you can add France to your ski countries on the trip! wink


Lunch in France is definitely on the agenda.
I get the impression that La Thuile is likely to be the ‘least busy’ hill in the region over the holiday period too.
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Sounds a great trip. Even if you do half the things listed you will have had a good time.

We plan to be in Venice on 29th & a bit of 30th Dec, sounds like you might be there or thereabouts then. (We actually fly in and out of Verona but thought we'd tick the big box off rather than Verona).
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ster wrote:
Sounds a great trip. Even if you do half the things listed you will have had a good time.

We plan to be in Venice on 29th & a bit of 30th Dec, sounds like you might be there or thereabouts then. (We actually fly in and out of Verona but thought we'd tick the big box off rather than Verona).


We might be there a day or two earlier I think. Are you then going somewhere to ski?
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After Venice we will head up to ski at San Pellegrino as I liked the look of the ski area. I could change that as the accommodation is cancellable up to closer the time but there isnt much available now as things in the Dolomites seem to get booked up pretty early. And despite all the other areas around we are rather unadventurous and intend to only do one ski area as with kids its easier to stay in one area where you get to know whats what, rather than spending time/effort loading a car up a few mornings (and forgetting something like gloves etc) then heading to others each day.
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Train tickets for a couple of legs are done. We didn’t opt for the first class ones. Just like we don’t opt for first class airline tickets.
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
Any hints on an easy way to travel from Verona airport to Arabba? Alastair Pink has been kind enough to point me in the direction of the subsidised bus from Venice Marco Polo which will will use if there is no easier way.
That route would require a bus to Verona train station, train to Venice Mestre, bus to Marco Polo and then bus to Arabba.
The other alternative is bus to Verona train station, train to Bolzano, local bus to Pozza Di Fassa and the taxi over the pass to Arabba.
On reflection we probably should have opted to stay in Canazei or Selva.....
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