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…

Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Three of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi to ski tour over to Helbronner and have a coffee in the restaurant at the top of the Skyway. The descent was brilliant with all the recent tracks filled in with wind blown snow. Down the Vallee Noir to Salle a Manger is still in great condition. Read on…

Splitboarder telemarker and alpine ski touring

Group photo in front of the Dent du Geant

The potential to find some fresh snow high up in the mountains was a draw. Hilary had rented a splitboard from Zero G so we headed up the Aig du Midi and over to Helbronner.

Lovely chilled ski tour and found some completely untracked powder to play with. Read on…

Reasons to ski and snowboard Chamonix for Easter

Fresh tracking powder

Generally spring skiing is when the days are hot and the snow surface melts making it great for skiing.  Overnight the temperatures drop and the surface refreezes making it “bullet proof” first thing in the morning before the sun heats it up again and we ski all over again. Read on…

Col D’Entreves ski tour

Group photo

Setting off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge, we skied down the classic Vallee Blanche to the base of Mont Blanc du Tacul where we donned skins. Taking a middle line through the crevasses of the Glacier du Tacul was spectacular with snow bridges between huge crevasses. Read on…