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Featured Travel Sites: Pays du Mont Blanc

Added on October 10th, 2005:

Pays du Mont Blanc

Pays du Mont Blanc:

To view the Pays du Mont Blanc website you'll need Macromedia Flash Player installed.

While a lot of websites insist on using a pointless Flash intro, most of them can be skipped quickly.

There is no skip option at Pays du Mont Blanc but they do offer French and English versions.

Of the five images that rotate, on the splash page, the one of the train and mountain appealed to me the most - so it's the one we used for the screenshot.

The Mont Blanc region is well known for its high altitude skiing, ski touring and mountain climbing; with Chamonix the most famous of the 14 resorts.

As the site is wholly in Flash, we can't link into sub-sections. So we'll just guide you through it.

The main sections are: Snow; Mountains; Villages & Resorts.

Mouse over the sub-headings and you get these interesting background shadings.


The Snow sub-menu then lets you choose between Alpine Skiing, Nouvelles glisses (new ways of sliding down a mountain), Grand Ski, Nordic sports and Major events in the snow.


The Mountain sub-menu offers up Kingdom of Mountaineering, Temple of nature, Mecca of Trekking, Thrill-seekers' planet and Great spots.

Villages and Resorts

The Villages & Resorts option then displays a choice of Pastoral atmosphere, Family atmosphere, Baroque atmosphere, Festive atmosphere and Accommodation (although there are no accommodation listings).

Pays du Mont Blanc is primarily a presentation of what the area has to offer and a beautiful example of how Flash can be used effectively.

While browsing these three sections, a map of the region is close at hand (bottom right) if you want to (mouse over it and)  jump to one of the 13 featured resorts (Chamonix, Combloux, Cordon, Domancy, Les Contamines-Montjoie, Les Houches, Megève, Passy, Praz-sur-Arly, Saint Gervais, Sallanches, Servoz and Vallorcine) - some of them with webcam links (click on the camera to see the resorts with red dots).

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The smaller sidebar menu points you to latest news; tourist office websites (documents); goodies (under construction - although they're there in the Version Français); a contact form; how to get there (access); and a link to the latest weather.

The downside to Pays du Mont Blanc being a totally Flash presentation, with no HTML documents to access, is that search engines have nothing to spider - apart from the long list of keywords in the flash.php Meta tags.


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