First days skiing of the season Chamonix

Grands Montets Chamonix

On Saturday we skied Grands Montets and were in the lift line as it opened with a few hundred others. We did a few runs off the Bochard to get our legs going and the snow actually got better as the morning progressed. Sunday we thought we would beat the crowds and ski tour up from Le Tour where the lifts are closed. There were probably a hundred cars in the carpark and people all over the hill at Domaine de Balme. The sun shone but the temperature was still bitter with wind at altitude. Great to get the legs going and a very pleasant ski down. Read on…

Premiere Neige – First snow lift pass deals Chamonix

Chamonix lift ticket

The lift were open this weekend with partial opening of Grands Montets and Les Houches. All the Chamonix ski domains are due to open on the 9th December and there is an Early Season Discount available for lift tickets through until the 22nd December. Read on…

All that glitters could just be the deep snow arriving

Early season snow

Early season snow seems to be accumulating on the slopes of Chamonix which bodes well for a good base and a white Christmas. Currently the first guests in the chalet arrive on the 9th December for a ski course with Alison Thacker (was Culshaw). Other guests are also booked in pre Christmas to get their legs going early season. Read on…

Demolition of the old cable car station of the Aiguille du Midi

Cosmique Arrete

The inspiration of Alfred Cachat, the original lift (also known as “Telepherique des Glaciers”) departed from Les Pelerins. The lift was abandonned in 1951. The lower stage of the lift was used in the first ever 1924 Winter Olympics for competitors to access the bobsleigh track. Read on…