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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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Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, offers everything you are looking for. The city itself offers a lot of activities. There are ski resorts directly accessible from the city center accessible by cable car. Otherwise there are shuttle buses to nearby areas such as Axamer Lizum, Schlick 2000 and a bit further the Stubaier Gletscher. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in ...


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I couldn't find a resource 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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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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The western half of what you're looking at would fall well within the range usually referred to as Allgäu - here is a 'map' of the outlines of that region as used in today's tourism industry, covering both Germany and Austria although originally Allgäu was a part of the German Oberschwaben, see here. The Austrian areas are part of (Nord)Tirol - a map with ...


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You can have warm days and hiking is definitely possible. But the first week of September is very different from the end of October and anything can happen, even snow. There is certainly a decent chance of wet and relatively cold weather but that's not the end of the world, on a multi-day mountain trek, you have to be prepared for that anyway. The main ...


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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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You can go by bus from Grenoble to the Alpe d'Huez. On the 18th of July 2013 you can leave Grenoble at 6:55, 10:27 or 13:00. You will arrive at the Alpe d'Huez at 9:13, 12:43 or 14:43. On that day there is no bus leaving between 13:00 and 18:55, for obvious reasons ... Schedules can be consulted here. The site is in French only. Let me know if you need help ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What Relaxed said; no way can you guarantee in advance. I spent last June through September in Switzerland, whose north had a lousy summer, especially July. But the Graubunden lived up to its reputation as being sunnier than elsewhere, and I enjoyed some very good weather after I had abandoned the incessant drizzle of the Oberland for Zermatt. OTOH when I ...


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As already suggested in the previous comments, SAVDA provides a one-change connection from Courmayeur to Milan. You can find the schedule and other info here. Since you are not familiar with the Italian language, I will report some significant information below: you can buy tickets directly on the bus, but it will cost you € 2 more per ticket. you can ...


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Stelvio pass is very close to Pass Umbrail. In fact you almost pass through Pass Umbrail when entering Stelvio from one direction. Pass Umbrail connects to the Val Müstair, which, if you drive uphill, connects with the Pass dal Fuorn also know as the Ofenpass in German. This pass is in and around the beautiful Swiss National Park which has excellent day ...


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Here you go: Austria: http://www.amap.at France: http://www.geoportail.gouv.fr Germany, Bavaria: http://geoportal.bayern.de/bayernatlas (check box "Wanderwege") Italy: http://www.pcn.minambiente.it/viewer Switzerland: http://map.schweizmobil.ch (check boxes in "Wanderland") World: http://opentopomap.org


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The answers so far are already good, but I'd like to add a map for Switzerland: https://map.geo.admin.ch It's without doubt the best online map I've ever seen. It's amazing how detailed it is, and what kind of information you can shown on the map on demand, e.g. geomagnetic fields, employment density, or 4G antenna locations, but also more useful things ...


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The Website http://waymarkedtrails.org shows sign posted hiking trails. The data comes from OpenStreetMap.org It shows the logo used on the signs and indicates the difficulty of the hike with different line styles. And it features the requested green background.



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