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We drove from Les Carroz d'Araches to watch the 19th stage of the Tour de France at a village called Epierre in the Tarantaise region, altitude 370m. 
The journey via Megeve and Albertville took 2 hours to complete the 67 miles as the going is slow on the switchback mountain roads, nevertheless a enjoyable drive through some lovely alpine villages. 

Epierre, altitude 371m was at the end of the intermediate sprint stage and the tour then progressed through the narrow streets of the village.

The village really pulled out the stops to welcome the tour, with a fete with local food, bunting and enthusiastic villagers. 

We arrived about 1030 with the caravan passing through at 1245 and the race at about 1445.  Attached a video with the race passing through the narrow streets and Chris Froome in the yellow jersey. 

Some photos of the caravan and artwork in the village are also attached.

A great day watching the tour.
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Always enjoy skiing the red piste, Stade in Morillon
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The forecasts for large dumps of snow in the Grand Massif last weekend were not realised, although there was approx 25 cm of additional snow added in Flaine since last Thursday. Flaine now has a snow depth of 210 cm on the upper slopes and generally it is in excess of 110 cm throughout the upper slopes of the villages of Les Carroz, Morillon and Samoens.
The current forecast is for a significant snow storm this weekend, currently  I'm seeing reports predicting up to 50 cm at altitudes of 1600m and above. The current snow condition is suburb with good weather, as show by the webcam from +LES CARROZ Page Officielle 
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Flaine and Les Carroz d'Araches has seen regular weekly snowfall over the last few weeks. With temperatures dropping to 10 C on Sunday January 25 th and a freezing level down to zero metres on Sunday morning. There is a slight snowfall of around 5 cm this weekend and then a further 15 30 cm next week bringing good depths at altitude and a much needed layer on the lower slopes.
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Always found good snow at Les Contamines owing to the proximity of Mont Blanc.
 
InTheSnow describes this resort as "traditional, unspoilt, affordable, French, and on the same lift pass as the world-famous ski area Chamonix". Find out which resort they're referring to --> http://goo.gl/fMMqvX
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Wonderful, is that the Belle piste ?
 
Check out these amazing pictures of Les Carroz 80 years ago! --> http://goo.gl/PYDuLM
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Have you ever wondered what summer is like in the French Alps ?
The weather in the Grand massif region of France has been warmer than usual with pure blue skies and temperatures reaching 26C at altitude of 1200m and up to 32C in the valley at villages like Sallanches. I did a mountain bike ride from Les Carroz d'Araches village up the D106 Route de Flaine to the area called Les Molliets which is adjacent to the chair lift of a similar name Molliets. At Les Molliets I took the Sarbotte trail (cross country piste) back to Les Carroz d'Araches. The trail is a bit tricky in places, especially near the end when it drops at a steep descent and is too uneven to ride. Total time in saddle was 120 mins to return to the village. 
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A good finish to a weeks #skiing in the #Grandmassif with about 6-8 cm of fresh snow over the last few days. Temperatures are cooler after the snow fall at about -2 C at 1800 m. Skiing good until later in the day. A large #snowstorm is forecast for Sunday and Monday, 29th and 30th March, with in excess for 50 cm of snow at altitudes of 1600 m and above. In #Flaine at 2000 m altitude the forecast through to next Tuesday is 70 cm. Whether this large amount of snow is realised is to be seen, but it does make for some great end of season skiing, with those taking short breaks over Easter enjoying some fantastic ski conditions in he French Alps.
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A fantastic week of #skiing  in the #grandmassif. Clear days, sunshine and blue skies all week. Temperatures warming up in the afternoon and the snow on southern slopes was getting soft from mid afternoon. No queues for lifts and the majority of the resorts pistes are open. Cascade ski run from #Flaine  to Sixt Fer a Cheval has been open all week, however the chairlifts in Sixt fer a Cheval were closed, as were the upper pistes when I did the Cascade run earlier in the week. Photos from Flaine, #Samoens and Les Carroz show the conditions this week.
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After a slow start for the snow in the Grand Massif region of the French Alps, it is certainly making up for it this last week. And more snow is predicated for next week. There has been 60 cm of snow in Flaine in the last 7 days, and in excess of 70 cm forecast in the next 7 days. Similarly in villages like Les Carroz d'Araches which has seen a similar amount of 60 cm in the last 7 days. The snow depth at altitude is now in excess of 180 cm, making the Grand Massif region in the top three snow regions of the French Alps for snow depth. 
Changeover day on Saturday may be tricky in the mountain roads. Be careful and ensure snow chains are available.
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Neither, find them far too rich.
 
Fondue or Raclette? Which is your cheesey Savoyard dish of choice?
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Less than 4 weeks now until the opening of Flaine, in the Grand Massif. Checking the webcams, there has been good snow in the recent storm, trees are heavily laden. Added some photos from last years early skiing in Flaine on 16 December.
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Grand massif skiing villages of Les Carroz d'Araches, Flaine, Samoens, Morillon, Sixt fer Cheval
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This is relating to skiing, snowboarding and walking in the Grand Massif region of France. I have been visiting this region since 1999 on holidays both in summer and winter and I’m keen to share my experiences for others who may be new to the area or those who have a love and passion for this most beautiful area of the French Alps.