Courchevel 2018 2019 winter season starts.. ready for women’s alpine Ski World Cup races

12th December 2018 Snow Report.
We went to check out the snow conditions in the beautiful ski resort of Courchevel in the French Alps.

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The snow coverage is very good on the slopes, freshly groomed runs and cold temperatures. In the lower part of the resort, snow making is on, so it’s going to be soon well covered with snow all the way down to 1300mt. which is the village of Le Praz.

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Music credits: Humidity by Silent Patner ( YouTube Audio Library )
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Hiking in Italy Mombarone Mountain Serra Morenic Woodland Hill in Piedmont Fabulous Outdoors

The beautiful landscape of the Canavese and the Biellese areas in the Piedmont region of Italy.
Located at the foot of the mountains and with it’s beautiful Serra Morenica, a morenic woodland hill, it offers a variety of terrain and undulating landscapes including several lakes and medium to small rivers.

Serra Morenica e dintorni ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

These landscapes are a fantastic playground for the lovers of the outdoors and the outdoor activity. To mention but a few of the activities that are popular around this area:
Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Paragliding and Handgliding, Bungee Jumping, Wild Water Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Walking, Nordic Walking.. and many more.
In this video a quick view to give an idea of this beautiful landscape:

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Salewa Wildfire GTX Gore-Tex Hiking Climbing Shoes Test

Out on a hike in the alps of Italy, a gorgeous day with perfect weather and temperature for mountain hiking.
A great opportunity to test a fantastic pair of mountain shoes, the
SALEWA WILDFIRE GTX.
Salewa is a mountain brand based in the heart of the Dolomites with many years of experience in producing great products and accessories for mountain activity and leisure.

Salewa Wildfire Gtx Gore-Tex Mountain Hiking Shoes - Fabulous Outdoors

The aggressive look and design make these shoes very appealing particularly to a mountain hiker in look for something more robust and durable.
As you put them on, you realise that they’re also very comfortable with a well cushioned footbed that keeps away moisture helping to keep your feet cooler and dryer.
Extended lacing system all the way down to the toe setion allows you to firmly wrap and adjust the fitting to your needs.

Salewa Wildfire Gtx Gore-Tex Mountain Hiking Shoes - Fabulous Outdoors

The sole is made of VIBRAM rubber compound that provides an amazing grip on all surfaces and in both wet and dry conditions.
With the Gore-Tex membrane inside the shoes are also waterproof and breathable, perfect combination to help you enjoy the most your adventures in the outdoors.
In conclusion, if you are looking for a good pair of shoes for your mountain hikes, reinforced and robust in the toe section for some easy climbing, with a great grip on all surfaces, waterproof and breathable and also comfortable, you won’t be disappointed by the Wildfire GTX from Salewa.

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The stunning Roselend Valley – Fabulous Outdoors

Located between Albertville and Bourg Saint Maurice, the Roselend Valley is a paradise for the lovers of the outdoors. The roads are nice and winding and they’re surrounded by fields of natural flowers, waterfalls and flowing streams of water.

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In the middle of the valley sits the water dam with the stunning mountain peak overlooking at it. Whether you love mountain walking, hiking, road cycling or mountain biking or just lover of traveling through breathtaking landscapes, this is one place not to be missed.

Lac de Roselend Landscape Panoramic View Fabulous Outdoors

The professional cycling Tour de France and the Criterium du Dauphiné have chosen this route for a few stages this year 2018.

Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport
Geraint Thomas Pro Cycling Team Sky in the chase at the Criterium du Dauphiné 2018 Barrage de Roseland #fabulouSport

Here below, a short video clip of a lovely Marmot spotted at the stunning mountain landscape of the Cormet Roselend in the French Alps.

A LOVELY MARMOT                                                                                                                          A short video clip from one of my wildlife photography documentaries.

This was captured in the Alps of France at the stunning Cormet de Roselend, with it’s water dam, waterfalls and breathtaking landscape.
Marmots are popular in the Alps and at this time of the year they are really nice and fluffy after the winter season.

A Lovely Marmot Marmotta Marmotte Fabulous Outdoors
A Lovely Marmot Marmotta Marmotte Fabulous Outdoors

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WHERE TO STAY:

There aren’t many places to stay up in the valley, but just below getting to the top, there are a few villages that have accommodation available, one of which is Areches Beaufort. Once at the top however, overlooking the dam, is the Chalet de Roselend , a warm and welcoming family run hotel, situated with the most breathtaking views.      The Chalet de Roselend provides a very comfortable stay with breathtaking window and balcony views that make you really feel part of the stunning natural environment. The family owners and staff are very friendly and you feel like you’re at home immediately. The food is very tasty, with a set menu of local specialities and products from the region.                                                             


 (Wikipedia: “The Roselend Dam is an arch-buttress dam located 5 km (3 mi) east of Beaufort in the Savoie department of the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. It is located just west and below the Cormet de Roselend mountain pass. The dam was designed by Coyne et Bellier and construction began in 1955. The reservoir began to fill in 1960, the power station was operational in 1961 and the dam complete in 1962. It was constructed for the primary purpose of hydroelectric power generation and supports the 546 MW La Bâthie Power Station.“)

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Fresh snow on the mountain peaks time lapse Fabulous Outdoors Photography & filmmaking tutorials

A 1 minute time lapse with the wind blowing clouds and snow over the mountains Fresh snow on the mountain peaks by Fabulous Outdoors @fabulousport


Music Credits: “Fresh Fallen Snow” by Chris Haugen
Film recorded with Canon 6D
Canon 70-200mm f/4 lens
Manfrotto Tripod
Filmed in 1080p HD at 25fps then speeded up in post production, which is the simpler way to film and to record a time lapse video.
Time lapse is amongst the coolest filmmaking techniques, speeding up things that we are used to see going slow, giving a visually interesting and pleasant viewing experience. Adding a nice relaxing music and atmospheric sounds implements the power of the video footage.

Snow on the mountain peaks
Another way to create a time lapse video, for better quality and definition, is to capture multiple images a few seconds apart, then upload them all to the computer and adjust all the exposures and settings. After all that’s done, upload the images in windows movie maker, adobe premiere pro or other filmaking programs, and play them at the desired speed.

Champagny le Haut, Mountains Landscape France
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Winter Wonderland Photography Walk – Fabulous Outdoors

It’s a very cold winter in the alps, lots of snow and temperatures of -15C / -20C and more. As a lover of the outdoors and a photographer, these are great conditions for capturing beautiful natural landscapes with the fresh snow making it a real winter wonderland. In this video, I went for a walk in the beautiful Champagny Le Haut in France, which is part of the Parc National de la Vanoise.

Here’s a video of the photo walk in this beautiful location: https://youtu.be/DecTDeUgWaY

It’s a great place to visit and to be surrounded by nature and to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and all the fabulous outdoor activities possible in this location.

Champagny le Haut, Mountains Landscape France

I’ve been using canon cameras and equipment, plus a wide angle lens from Tokina.
For better audio capture I’ve mounted the external microphone video-mic pro which it performs much better than the inbuilt one.
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Zermatt Matterhorn Plateau Rosa glacier skiing November 2017 snow report

With it’s 4478 metres of height, the Matterhorn is the most famous mountain in Europe. The Matterhorn so called from the Swiss side, is called Cervino over the Italian side. Straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy, it is a large, near-symmetrical pyramidal peak in the extended Monte Rosa area of the Pennine Alps, and is one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europe. The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points and are split by the Hörnli, Furggen, Leone, and Zmutt ridges. The mountain overlooks the Swiss town of Zermatt, in the canton of Valais, to the north-east and the Italian town of Breuil-Cervinia in the Aosta Valley to the south. Just east of the Matterhorn is Theodul Pass, the main passage between the two valleys on its north and south sides, and a trade route since the Roman Era. Although it’s been a very warm summer, the glacier is holding pretty well considering, here below is our video showing the ski and snow conditions in mid-November 2017.

The skiing on the glacier is quite vaste and extensive, with good conditions all the way down to the Furgg cablecar.

Whether you are a skier, snowboarder, mountain hiker, or a landscape lover, it’s definitely worth a visit! You can get all the way up to the top of the lifts, at 3883 meters above sea level, to enjoy the breathtaking views over the whole surrounding alps.

The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland
The Matterhorn Mountain Peak Zematt Plateau Rosa Glacier Switzerland

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Skiing by the Matterhorn mountain peak in Zermatt Switzerland - Fabulous Outdoors blog by @fabulouSport
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