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8 Jan ’13

Nobody knows why there is always a gap between the X-mas holiday and the end of January in the Alps. The pistes are empty, the hotels too…
In fact it’s a secret tip, come the first or second week after New Year to the mountains and you will have most resorts to yourself. Same here in Champery, it’s like being in your private ski resort. Nice!

Another secret tip is going on a snow shoe walk with the charming mountain guide Nathalie, born and raised in the valley and 100% local. She took us along a silent track between the valley and the ski station where mouflons live, wild sheep imported from Corsica. She talked about wild herbs and plants and the fact that eating, drinking and living local is something that everybody should consider.

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