I'm in a ski resort!

And all the snow is at Cradle!!  

 Cradle car park, mid September, 2018  

Cradle car park, mid September, 2018  

I'm in Chamlas du Col, still in Italy, not far from the French border. High up in the Alps. It's chilly, today I needed to zip up the vents on my riding jacket. First time I've done that since May in Spain  

there is a church bell within arms reach from my balcony and further afield I can see another ski village and plenty of mountains.  

 Bells ring on the hour and every 30 mins. Not as tuneful as the Camogli bells though.  

Bells ring on the hour and every 30 mins. Not as tuneful as the Camogli bells though.  

 One of the many purpose built ski resorts in this area.  

One of the many purpose built ski resorts in this area.  

 Looking down the valley to another of the early villages.  

Looking down the valley to another of the early villages.  

All the buildings in this village are over 200 years old, it's small and quaint, and for the most part all the buildings are loved and well looked after. 

 Looking straight up to the roof I could see the slate slabs resting on the roof beams. Their weight would keep them in position.  

Looking straight up to the roof I could see the slate slabs resting on the roof beams. Their weight would keep them in position.  

 This home has just been re roofed. Not quite finished, the snow bars not yet in situ.  

This home has just been re roofed. Not quite finished, the snow bars not yet in situ.  

 Typical 200+ y o home, wood heap out the back.  

Typical 200+ y o home, wood heap out the back.  

 These people have a veggie patch that must be the envy of their neighbours.  

These people have a veggie patch that must be the envy of their neighbours.  

 some thistle head!!! Many of the homes here have one over their entrance. 

some thistle head!!! Many of the homes here have one over their entrance. 

This little village sits halfway between Turin (Italy) and Grenoble (France). Both have hosted Winter Olympics with the ski events in these mountains. Grenoble was 1976 and Turin 2006.  

 Donna Verde, the green woman poster was created in 1937 and since then she's become legendary. She is a beautiful Italian woman who likes to chase the sunshine.  

Donna Verde, the green woman poster was created in 1937 and since then she's become legendary. She is a beautiful Italian woman who likes to chase the sunshine.  

 She made a comeback in 2006 for the Winter Olympics.  

She made a comeback in 2006 for the Winter Olympics.