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A Love Letter to La Grave

A Love Letter to La Grave
La Grave Telepherique
Once in a lifetime, you find your perfect (mountain town) match.

After 25 hours of traveling across Europe and a cold, sleepless night on the floor of the Milan Central train station, I landed in La Grave, France late last January. It was early evening as I rolled down La Grave’s main drag. The town was quiet and mostly closed, save for the low din of guffaws coming from the Le Bois des Fees bar. Though the Meije, the 13,068-foot peak that overlooks the valley, was obscured by clouds and darkness, I could sense that it was there, somewhere above me. It had the gravitational pull of the moon and had drawn me, over many years and miles, into its orbit.

This is Verbier

Welcome to the adventure capital of the Swiss Alps

At the height of winter, I find myself in Verbier—a place many impassioned ski travelers rightly dream of visiting—sending out a call for aid. “Need rescue,” I message by text. “Can you help me?”

Europe’s Five Stars, Part 4: Cortina, Italy

Skiing in Cortina, Italy
Skiing in Cortina, Italy
Can you count the continent’s best resorts on one hand? Maybe not, but you could make a pretty good start. Five countries, five landmark resorts that define the European experience. American skiers, beware: The spells they cast may enthrall you forever.

Where the locals know how good they've got it and take great care to keep it that way.

The business of tourism is on hold for the moment in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Shop doors are curiously locked at midday. Tourists regard scrawled “back in an hour” notes with puzzlement.

Europe’s Five Stars, Part 3: Chamonix, France

Skiing in Chamonix, France, French Alps

Visiting Cham is a rite of passage for any self-respecting ski mountaineer, but there are novice runs to be had as well.

Can you count the continent’s best resorts on one hand? Maybe not, but you could make a pretty good start. Five countries, five landmark resorts that define the European experience. American skiers, beware: The spells they cast may enthrall you forever.

Ten minutes from café to adventure: a place like this leaves a mark on you.

Europe’s Five Stars, Part 2: St. Anton, Austria

Skiing in St. Anton, Austria

St. Anton is the bustling heart of the Arlberg, but half the fun is touring nearby villages, including Lech, Zürs and Stuben.

Can you count the continent’s best resorts on one hand? Maybe not, but you could make a pretty good start. Five countries, five landmark resorts that define the European experience. American skiers, beware: The spells they cast may enthrall you forever.

You knew it was the historic epicenter of Austrian ski culture. Did you know how good the skiing is?

Yes, I’ve come to St. Anton in part because it’s the Cradle of Skiing and all that—steeped in lore, birthplace of modern technique and homeland of Hannes Schneider, the guy who taught America to ski.

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