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The world's toughest adventure race, Red Bull X-Alps, returns this Sunday. Thirty-three athletes will depart for the multi-disciplined race involving speed hiking, ultrarunning, mountaineering and paragliding over 1,238km across the Alps from Salzburg, Austria to Mont Blanc, France and back to Austria. Social distancing, no problem.
This summer marks the 200th birthday of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix. Founded in 1821, the oldest and largest guiding company in the world has been a precursor in the development of mountaineering across all continents. Its 200 members join forces with the Alpine community to celebrate this historic event with festivities begin on 10th - 11th July featuring a giant 7km rope team comprising 200 persons between the Aiguille du Midi (3842m) in France, and Helbronner Point (3642m) in Italy.
Check out the dates recently released for the Cols Réservés 2021 in the Hautes-Alpes and our guides to the classic routes, here.
Making up for lost lift time, the funicular from Bourg Saint Maurice to Arc 1600 and the Cachette chairlift will be open during the first three weekends of June for hikers and mountain bikers. From 21st June, more lifts will start to open, with all the summer lifts open from 3rd July.
Post-pandemic paranoia about crowded beaches? Want to really get away from it all? Sleep under the stars in a portaledge bivouac, hanging from the rocky peaks of Les Deux Tetes and admire the sunset and sunrise across to Mont Blanc from your sleeping bag. Organised by Les Arcs' Bureau des Guides.
Sunny? Raining? Mountain mist? Could be sunnies or umbrellas currently here in Serre Chevalier, STYLE ALTITUDE HQ. But the mountain flowers are blooming and the foliage is lush. Count 50 shades of green by checking out our webcam overlooking the slopes.
The Adventure Junkies recently announced the Top 25 Skiing Blogs of 2021 featuring another award for STYLE ALTITUDE. Displayed on our virtual award shelf this joins our 7 other Ski Blog awards and our coveted accolade of BEST SKI & SNOWBOARD PUBLICATION UK, 2020 Fitness & Nutrition Awards.
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