Explore the Vanoise National Park in the French Alps
Situated between the Tarentaise and Maurienne valleys, the Vanoise National Park was the first of its kind in France. It's bordered by a number of large French ski resorts - including Tignes, Val d'Isere, Les Arcs and La Plagne. The park also crosses the border into Italy, where it becomes the Gran Paradiso National Park. Combined, the two parks cover an area of 1,250 square kilometres, making it the largest national park in the Alps. For those looking to get out and explore nature while on holiday in the French Alps, this is an ideal destination.
When does skiing start in the Alps?
The temperature is starting to drop, the kids are back to school, pumpkin spice flavour is showing up everywhere, even the leaves are starting to change colour: autumn seems to have definitely arrived. This is great news for those of us who love snow sports because it means it's time to find ski and snowboard hire and plan a trip to the mountains.
The good news is that you don't have to wait until later in the year if you really want to head to the slopes right now. A number of resorts are already open, offering glacier skiing in the mornings and early afternoons. In fact, a handful of these destinations offer limited skiing throughout the year.
Watch an Alpine cattle descent in Zermatt
Every year as the weather warms up, many Alpine farmers begin the process of moving their herds up the mountains to the grazing land above the treeline. Moving to the high altitude location gives the meadows in the valleys below a chance to rejuvenate, enabling the vital stockpiling of resources for the winter.
Throughout the summer, the herdsmen and women spend their days in the mountains looking after the cattle, driving them to pasture, milking them and making cheese.
Learn about ski lifts at the highest museum in Europe
There are many ways to go down a mountain. In the winter, you can travel on skis, a snowboard or a toboggan, while in the summer a mountain bike is one of the most popular options. But, before you head downhill, you first have to get to the top of the incline. That's where things like ski lifts, cable cars, gondolas and even funiculars come in useful.
While these modes of transportation are often taken for granted, there's no doubt how important they are for enjoying mountain sports.
Learn about mountain herbs in St Anton
For thousands of years, people have turned to the power of flowers and herbs to make them feel better. Many of the medicines we use today are based on traditional remedies and many people still like trying natural ingredients to help them feel better.
Whether you'd like to learn more about the healing properties of flowers and herbs, or simply wish to recharge your own energy levels on a trip to St Anton, you might want to add the WunderWanderWeg to your itinerary.
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