SUMMER 2020 RESORT OPENING DATES [MTB from June 27 to August 30] [SUMMER SKI from June 27]

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Driving in snow; tips to stay safe on the road.

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Winter’s here and there’s an abundance of fresh snow in Les 2 Alpes and in the valley: at last we’re going to be able to enjoy the amazing powder on the slopes…..yeah, but first you need to get up to 1,650 metres, and if you’re driving you might have your work cut out!

Anticipation and precaution =  careful driving!
So, what should you do before you set off?
Once you’ve checked the weather forecast and road conditions provided by the resort, you need to equip yourself with winter tyres and /or snow chains.
Keeping snow chains (and a pair of gloves) in the boot of your car really is a no-brainer, especially if the roads are snowy on your way home.
And sometimes they’re even compulsory!!
Obviously, you also need to know how to put the chains on, and if you can do so in a specific snow-chaining area at the side of the road, rather that stopping right in the middle of the trafiic, that would be even better!
Check that your windscreen wipers are in good condition and that you have the correct winter windscreen wash that works in cold weather.

That’s it, it’s time to hit the road… Motorway, tolls, B-roads, tiredness, loud music, over-excited kids: are we nearly there yet ? I need a toilet stop!

Wowee, we’re in Bourg d’Oisans and the road’s all white!!!
DON’T STRESS! To make sure you don’t slide unexpectedly, it’s best not to make any brisk movements.
Used dipped headlights (did you know that you’re allowed to use your fog lights in the snow?).
Slow down.
If you find it hard to pull away in first gear, put it into second gear so you don’t slide.                                                                                    
Try to avoid making any sharp, jolty turns.
Use the handbrake rather than the brakes!
If you don’t want to slide all over the road, anticipate as early as possible so you don’t have to slam on your brakes at the last minute.                                                                                                                                            
Go easy on the accelerator, especially on a hill!
Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.
Let the gritters go ahead of you and stay in their tracks if you can. 

Whilst driving on snow might seem like a walk in the park for some, for others it can be a total nightmare! So take care, and we look forward to seeing you on the slopes soon!

«It’s better to be safe than sorry.»

Editor : Franca GRASSIA