Evidence of where Hannibal crossed the Alps found at La Rosière

In 218 BC, during the Second Punic War, in one of the most famous achievements of any military force in the ancient war, Hannibal managed to lead his Carthaginian army, with elephants, above of the Alps and in Italy to take the war directly. to the Roman Republic, bypassing Roman land garrisons and naval rule.

So far, Hannibal’s route has been hotly contested with various ski resorts claiming he has passed them. The route covered by the Milky Way pass between Montgenèvre in France and Sauze d’Oulx and Sestriere in Italy is one of the applicants.

However, in the dramatic news this morning, the seaside resort of La Rosiere found conclusive evidence that Hannibal did indeed pass through them and through the mountains to La Thuile in Italy via the Col du Petit Saint-Bernard at 2188m above sea level – today one of the largest ski areas of the world.

“During avalanche training, the rescue dog Mistral behaved strangely and encouraged his owner to dig with him,” said a spokesperson for the station.

In more notable news from the French Alps this morning, the station of La Clusaz discovered an old formula to distill a fine liqueur from their famous reblochon.

And La Plagne has opened new accommodation in one of its elevators.

Meanwhile, in a virus-related movement, albeit a bit late in the day, Solden in the Austrian Tyrol have apparently taken the drastic decision to scrap all of their large, fast chairlifts and gondolas and replaced them with simple old chairs to help with social distancing.

Speaking as a ski post, we have to say it’s such a shame that all of these exciting stories seem to come together one morning at the end of the season when all we’ve had to write about all winter so far is downright depressing. stories about closed ski resorts and travel bans.

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