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11. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

The size of city you specifiy is quite small for all that you want, and most of my suggestions are larger, but here goes:

France - Pau, Biarritz area (on coast and further to mountains), Carcassonne, Narbonne. Perpignan is a great base and bigger city, but not the most exciting all told. If you can cope ith further out and larger, Toulouse is amazing fun and only a couple of hours from Pyrenees and Atlantic.
Spain - Pamplona, Jaca, Huelva, Girona (trickier to mountains without car)

France - Grenoble (fantastic city and could well be the one), Briancon. Places like Aix, Chambery and Chamonix etc are great, but can be dead or just full of old people out of winter season.

Switzerland - Anywhere is close enough. Agree Luzern is an absolutely fantastic city, Interlaken gets too many backpackers, but Brig, Bellinzona, Sion or Chiasso would work. Bern and Zurich definitely close enough and great places to live. Lugano in the south an alternative if you can cope with Italian Swiss.

Austria - Innsbruck and Salzburg of the larger cities would work, Feldkirch, Klagenfurt or Villach are more provinicial (but still brilliantly situated) alternatives. Much of the rest are more winter resort style towns, although Zell am See or St. Johann could work

Italy - Como, the one who's name i always forget - Aielo? - between Domododossola and Milan, Merano, Brennero or Bozen are all good, whilst further out, Verona would be a great choice

Germany - Kempten, Mittlewald, Konstanz, Lindau (stunning) and Ulm, Augsburg (a bit further out)

Slovenia - which may not have entered your thinking but should. Ljubljana is only a couple of houyrs from teh coast and Croatia (for islands etc), easy for Venice a well, and barely an hourt from some of the best skiing in the alps. And its cheaper than the otehr countries.

Liectenstein - Smaller yes, and more oddball, but a brilliant place to live and lots of stories to tell from living is such a ciriosity.


12. Posted by moscowmetr (Full Member 267 posts) 11y

Hey Richy, I love this post.

Surprised not to see any places in Sweden on your list. Im thinking of maybe doing a season up there. Any ideas of best winter resorts. Off piste any good bars are the basic requirments of a good time.



13. Posted by goinggone (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

only one mountain city-Cape Town!

14. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Quoting Sabrina25

The best thing you can is move to switzerland, pretty much every city there is pretty close to the alps...

Check out Gimmelwald. Unimaginable beauty! I have never been, but as soon as I get to Switzerland you can 'bet your boots' I'll be spending some time there.

[ Edit: fixed quote!! :) ]

15. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Sorry the quote in my previous post didn't work. My brain doesn't always work properly

16. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

Check out Gimmelwald. Unimaginable beauty!

I agree with that 100%. The only problem is that it isn't the biggest place at all or most accessible (although it's not bad, and the extra effort makes it so rewarding) to large towns or cities, meaning that the social and employment opportunities are not neccessarilly that large if you are actually living there.

Surprised not to see any places in Sweden on your list. Im thinking of maybe doing a season up there. Any ideas of best winter resorts. Off piste any good bars are the basic requirments of a good time.

Sorry, i misread Chimomu's original request. I thought he was specifically looking for somewhere Alpine or Pyrenees, so i ignored all other mountain ranges in Europe and elsewhere.

With regard to Sweden, if you are looking for mainly downhill etc (as opposed to XC and Nordic skiing which is a huge thing), you are best looking at Are (which is spelt with a circle above the A except on my keyboard..) and Storlien, kind of North West from Stockholm, and between Ostersund, the nearest large town and Trondheim in Norway. It's definitely the major resort area. Other possibilities are smaller and more remote, but one in particular you may want to consider is Riksgransen, right on the norwegian border (some of teh runs cross the border). It's near Narvik on the rail line to Kiruna, some 2000km nw of Stockholm, and well above the arctic cirlce. It sure as hell isn't particularly large or accessible, or even with especially high runs, but it's great fun and would unquestionably be a different experience - north of the arctic circle meaninghr darkness for a while, lots of Northern lights, and regular possibilities for things like husky sled riding, snowmobiling (to and from work), reindeer racing on frozen lakes etc, asd well as trps to teh IceHotel near Kiruna etc.

17. Posted by pipe913 (Full Member 21 posts) 11y

probably a few to few people though but its got great mountains and a relaxed atmosphere
sth island aotearoa
new zealand

18. Posted by gnangarra (Full Member 59 posts) 11y

well since the thread is wandering out of europe

Try Melbourne in Australia Mt Bulla is only a couple hours away for skiing in winter (May-September) then the following weekend you can drive for a couple hours in the other direction a catch a wave or two at Bells beach

19. Posted by Uncle_J (Full Member 73 posts) 11y

Quoting goinggone

only one mountain city-Cape Town!

My choice too. Table Mountain is a sight I will never forget and the city is beautiful.

20. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 11y

Well, I live in the mountains (redwood forests) at about 1400 kilometres up, about 15 kilometres from Santa Cruz, California (which has a population of around 50,000 and is right on the shoreline). It's a one hour drive to San Francisco, one hour to Monterey, and two hours to wine country. It's a half-hour from the Silicon Valley for working, about three hours from Yosemite national park, four hours from Lake Tahoe, six hours from Los Angeles, and eight hours (one and a half hours flying) from Las Vegas.

If you want higher mountains closer by, I would agree with either Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada), or with living near Interlaken (Switzerland) which is on a lake, but has mountains on all sides.