Les Deux Alps 2013

2013-03-14

Whilst on a trip to the French Alps I decided to gear up with the very popular ‘GoPro’ camera using it only a few times prior on a filming set. I found the ‘GoPro’ to shoot hi-res video in well lit areas but not so good in dark situations that said when skiing and all the white around you shouldn’t have a problem. Not only did we use the camera on the slopes to get some cool yet embarrassing footage of how bad we were at snowboarding but we also shot some timelapse shown in the video above.

The Timelapse was put together in Adobe After Effects CS6 and finished in FCPX. All footage shot with ‘GoPro HERO2’

Les Deux Alpes (also Les 2 Alpes or Les 2 Alpes 3600) is a ski resort in the French Isère département. The village sits at 1,650 m (5,413 ft) and lifts run to 3,600 m (11,811 ft). It has the largest skiable glacier in Europe and is France’s second oldest ski resort behind Chamonix, where the largest mountain in western Europe is located, Mont Blanc. It has the longest, normally open full on-piste vertical available in the world. It is a 71 km (44 mi) drive southeast of Grenoble.

The “two Alps” in the name do not refer to the two facing mountain-sides that comprise the resort, but rather to two adjacent areas of the original mountain pasture on the north-south plateau on which the resort was built. These pasture areas (or ‘alps’) are part of the two villages of Mont-de-Lans and Vénosc that lie in the deep valleys, respectively, to the north and south.

Access to the resort is by road from the north – no road connects the resort to Vénosc down the steep slope to the south, but a gondola connects the two, and there is a footpath passable in summer.

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