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It is very difficult to answer since there are hundreds or thousands skis resorts in the Alps. But to narrow down the potential candidates, I would focus on very small ski resorts in Austria. The reason is quite simple, smaller resorts are generally cheaper than big resorts and Austria is generally way cheaper than Switzerland, and cheaper (at least ...


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If you are prepared to pay €15/day, you might just as well stay at a proper campsite (with toilets, water, etc.) I don't think booking car parks in advance is generally possible (never noticed it in the resorts I went to but I usually stay away from the biggest, most popular resorts) but it might be a good idea for campsites. Some potentially useful ...


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@Dirty-flow already provided a good answer but note that some ski resorts occasionally extend their opening dates later in the season depending on snowfalls. It's mostly for locals/week-end skiers as advertising it in advance and having people book expensive trips would be too risky at that time of the year. Mid-March on the other hand should really be no ...


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From http://winter.morzine-avoriaz.com: Official opening dates of the Portes du Soleil Ski Area : From 21st of December 2013 to 27st of April 2014 Official opening dates of the Morzine-Les Gets Ski Area : From 21st of December 2013 to 13th of April 2014 So it should be possible to ski there in March/April, but it depends on the snowfalls


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Apologies for taking so long to respond back, been busy at work. Okay here is a summary of my experience in Val Thorens and the costs involved Note this does not include rentals, flights and accommodation which I already paid for at an earlier stage. General Living On arrival in the evening; 13 euros for pizza and coke Next morning: food supplies 25 ...


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You probably have been there already and should give some feedback. I provide here some background for later reference. I do not know specifically about Val Thorens but I can give an overview of budget for skiing in the French Alps, I think it could apply to any resort there. First, ski pass, accommodation, equipment renting are the biggest budgets. A ski ...


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According to the Chamonix website, there is a cable car operating from Chamonix to Aiguille du Midi almost all year around (except for 11/4-12/20). The return-trip would cost you 55 euro's.


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I couldn't find a ressource that gives detail for all the countries, but I was able to find information for the different countries: Switzerland Here's a table with the average values for the power per month for different places. Not all of them are in the Alps though. There's also an interactive map for the sunshine hours, however that one doesn't have ...


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CAUTION: Please note the maps below show solar power (kWh/m2), which exactly is not what I was looking for, because it depends on geographic location (latitude) - the more to the south you go, the more energy you get from the sun for the same amount of sunshine. Hence, values only in a relatively small area can be compared. During my search I found some ...


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IGN produces several series of maps covering the whole of France. For hiking, I always use TOP 25 maps (1:25000 scale). You can buy a map covering a part of the grid (Grenoble is 3335OT), have them print a specific area on demand (only slightly more expensive and convenient if you want an area that is in between two maps of the regular series) or peruse ...


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This is definitely possible. I grew up in the Alps and I can think of at least a dozen places like that. The problem is that most of them are privately owned and it might not be so easy to get access to one. There is a website about renting such huts in Switzerland, but unfortunately the listings are only in German. Note that even if some of the house is ...


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Pilatus is a good day out from Luzern however also very easy to get to is Mount Titlis via Engelberg (an easy train ride out of Luzern station also with cog railway), it also has station at the top and is much higher. Titlis has magnificent views. If you've got the time do both, if your not a skier you can hire toboggan on both mountains, awesome. I took my ...


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I can recommend Livigno in northern Italy. It is a tax free zone so everything is a bit cheaper than in the rest of Italy. It is close to the swiss border. The skiing is probably boring for the advanced but there are lots of smaller slopes for the beginner. They also have a sleigh track which is fun and easy regardless of your skiing skills.


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Once in winter/spring, I traveled to Kitzbühel by public transport. That was no big deal: They have a regular train station. I booked my ticket in advance using Deutsche Bahn's site, because I was traveling from Germany. Getting to the top of the mountains from Kitzbühel is easy: Being a ski resort, they have a good infrastructure of cable cars. But, in ...


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I'm sure there is another one nearer to your destination, but at least in La Grave, there is a sign for sure. I pictured it personally last summer. Here I found a German page that has picture the same road sign as I did:


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Consider that the cog railway "at the back" of Mount Pilatus is closed during winter. Thus the really nice golden round-trip from Luzern to Alpnach-Staad by (Steam-)Ship, climbing up with one of the steepest cog railway, and finally descend with the Cable Car to Kriens (suburb of Luzern) is not possible. The mentioned trip to Jungfrau (Top of ...


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Why not? I've been to the top of Jungfrau mountain in January and liked it. It might not offer great views, but it is still worth it. Also, Interlaken ain't that far from Luzern. If you travel by train, it takes an hour approximately and offers great views through the windows of the train. Interlaken and it's surroundings have some great things to offer.


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The answer appears to be yes, you just need to search for them and be willing to limit your definition of "isolated" given the crowdedness of the Alps. This chalet is a great example - no immediate neighbours but all the mod cons. However it's probably still within five minutes of the nearest people, given there's a train station 2 km away.


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Another option for (off-line maps) is OSMAnd on Android. You can download maps in advance (up to ten on the free version. After that you can log the data, or get directions without an active internet connection.


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Other answers focus on the total power of sunshine on a yearly or monthly basis. Since you're in for outside activities and not for generating electricity from the Sun, I think that as a tourist, the total number of hours of sunshine on a monthly basis more relevant. For Switzerland, Meteoswiss records such figures. The map below is for the entire year: ...


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Yes, there is one campsite in Grainau on the German side: http://www.pure-camping.de/ And one in Ehrwald on the Austrian side: http://www.campingehrwald.at/ Neither are particularly cheap, though (around 15 EUR per night for one person with a tent). The area is generally rather pricy.


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Mount Pilatus is not really a high mountain, so you can expect that the temperatures are almost the same as in the lowlands. For example just today, it is -2 degrees on the mountain and -4 degrees in the surrounding lowlands. But nevertheless, you should prepare well and take appropriate clothing with you. The actual day to day temperature you can check for ...


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You have a good chance of parking for free - parking spaces near hiking trails are generally small and trying to enforce a charge would not be cost-efficient. If there happens to be a larger parking lot with a charge, it will probably be at most 5 EUR for the whole day.


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Have you tried the classic websites like: AirBnB Booking.com Hostelworld Associazione Italiana Alberghi per la Gioventù (membership card needed, 2 euro yearly fee) I don't know of others big aggregators for northern Italy. Many hotels and B&Bs have their own website with prices published there, so you can try a Google search with hotel + name of the ...


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As @MeNoTalk mentioned in the comments, you don't need a SIM Card for GPS usage. I've done this several times in Germany or France. The cheapest option would be to visit any place with a public wifi connection (in your hotel or hostel would be best) and use that to cache maps on the Google Maps app. While this service is not available in some countries, ...


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Since your primary use for the SIM is for navigation, I would strongly advice you to get an offline maps app for your phone as other have suggested. From my personal experience, OsmAnd is perfect for Android devices. If you use iOS, consider buying the Pocket Earth app. I have used it on all my trips and found it to be the most accurate. It even has ...


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For the iPhone: The "NavFree" navigation app comes with UK and Northern Ireland maps for free (about 500 MB), and you can download other European countries for £1.99. Do that at home with a good WiFi connection! Pocket Earth is more for tourist information, town maps etc. Enter places you want to visit anywhere, it downloads nearby maps, and it downloads ...



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