Trip to the Alps in Switzerland, France, Slovenia and Austria. The pleasure of encroaching

The steepest funicular in the world. With a difference in height of 743 meters, for an unforgettable show. And then icefalls, slopes and woods. What’s on the other side of our mountains

SWITZERLAND
Destination paradise with a special “lift”. In the heart of Switzerland, the new Stoosbahn, the steepest funicular in the world, has just been inaugurated: 743 meters in altitude, 110% gradient, departure from the village of Schwyz and a few minutes to reach Stoos, an idyllic alpine village at an altitude of 1.330 forbidden to traffic. On board the new emotional chill link chase in the body and regenerate: there are those that touch the face-skin for the sparkling mountain temperatures and those that caress soul-spirit, for the beauty of the scenario that unfolds before the eyes. Extended emotions once you reach the destination. The village of sober elegance is guarded by the Fronalpstock (1,922 meters) the symbolic mountain of Stoos, a favorite destination for skiing, carving and snowboarding, not to mention that offers a magnificent 360 degree glance on lakes and other imposing peaks of this region (Lake Lucerne, near Lucerne), such as Pilatus, Rütli and Säntis.

SLOVENIA / POKLJUKA – Never slept in an igloo?
Because I go there. You will find the pleasure of silence in Pokljuka, a Slovenian plateau of glacial origin between 1,100 and 1,400 meters above sea level, about 13 kilometers from Bled. A tranquility diluted between snow, thick woods and characteristic wooden huts, once used by shepherds to produce sour milk and cheese.

What I do. It is the destination for cross-country ski enthusiasts, who find routes in complete scenery here. For downhill skiing and snowboarding you go to Bohinj in the Triglav National Park, where stands the homonymous mountain (2,864 meters), the highest peak in Slovenia.

Where I book. Near Pokljuka you sleep in Eskimska, a complex consisting of two collective igloos (for 8 people) and two dedicated to couples. One night in the igloo for two costs € 290, with dinner.

AUS TRIA / ÖTZAL VALLEY – At the spa with a glacier view
Because I go there. They will be the old villages, the atmosphere of lace and lace in traditional hotels or the tasty (and robust) gastronomy, the Tyrol has always liked. Here the Ötzal valley stands out: three vast ski areas with 358 kilometers of pistes and guaranteed snow until May (oetztal.com/en).
What I do. A crown of peaks over 3 thousand meters embraces the ski areas of Sölden, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl and Hochoetz, a carousel for the descents daring also from the Rettenbach and Tiefenbach glaciers. For pure relaxation, however, in Längenfeld you go to the Tirol Therme Aqua Dome, a vast design spa (aqua-dome.at/it).
Where I book. For nights at 2 thousand meters in the Obergurgl area, The Crystal is a perfect design hotel with an ecological vocation, from geothermal energy to natural furnishings, in which wood, stone and glass predominate. Located on the slopes, it offers a large spa overlooking the glaciers. Double in b & b from € 131.

SWITZERLAND / BOURG-SAINT-PIERRE – In the footsteps of Hannibal. And of Napoleon
Because I go there. The Aosta Valley Saint Rhémy is about 25 kilometers from the Swiss village of Bourg-Saint-Pierre, in the Canton of Valais. Lying at 1,632 meters, it can be considered a “mountain gate” between Italy and Switzerland: it is at the foot of the Great St. Bernard Pass, the Alpine pass that connects the two countries.
What I do. Annibale, the Romans and Napoleon arrived in the past, today it is a village of ancient houses and a dense network of paths to be covered with snowshoes. Do not miss the Botanical Garden and the Hospice Monastery (11th century), where the St. Bernard Dog Breeding (myswitzerland.com) was born 300 years ago.
Where I book. To immerse yourself in the pure alpine spirit of the area, you sleep at Au Bivouac Napoléon, a large wooden chalet with 20 rooms and a small spa. Built at the site of an encampment built in 1800 by Napoleon’s troops, it is at the foot of the Combin de Boveire, on the road that leads to the Great St. Bernard. Double in b & b, 118 €.

FRANCE / QUERAIS – Winter bon vivant
Because I go there. Just beyond the border, the Queyras stretches along the homonymous Natural Park, the highest in Europe at 2,360 meters in the Hautes-Alpes department. Consisting of eight villages with slow atmospheres of yesteryear, it is ideal for an active stay full of nature, far from mundanity, nightlife and traffic.
What I do. For the more sporty, do not miss it