Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Sunshine has featured quite heavily recently. Today was no exception.  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.  It is an amazing lift station and gives magnificent views of … Read on…

Splitboarder telemarker and alpine ski touring

Group photo in front of the Dent du Geant

The forecast was for sun with cloud coming in through the afternoon.  There had been a few spots of rain in Chamonix overnight so potential to find some fresh snow high up in the mountains.  Hilary had rented a splitboard from Zero G so we headed up the Aig du … Read on…

Reasons to ski and snowboard Chamonix for Easter

Fresh tracking powder

Why ski Chamonix at Easter? The days are longer and the lifts are open longer too.  Generally the lifts open earlier and stay open later in April.  Also the evenings are lighter and in the better weather you can take your apres ski on a lovely sunny terrace and enjoy … Read on…

Col D’Entreves ski tour

Group photo

We just had to profit from the glorious sunshine. Plus get up high where there is still some snow which has not been transformed in the heat of the sun. Destination Col D’Entreves. Setting off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge, we skied down the classic Vallee Blanche … Read on…

Ski Tour from the Aig du Midi for coffee in Italy

Crevasse

5 of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge and on to the “tourist route” Valle Blanche.  We managed to walk straight on to the lift and the ridge was not busy. There were a few guided groups heading off which we managed to pass on … Read on…

Mad March Gang Week

Coffee stop at Le Brevent

The time comes each year when the Mad March Gang show up.  There is a lot of skiing and a lot of food, almost invariably washed down with a lot of liquid refreshment. This year was no exception. Skied a different domain each day from Les Contamines to Courmayeur and … Read on…

Day 1 for Ken on the VB

Ken

Crazy Ken arrived yesterday with a completely new rig, skis, bindings boots and more. We decided to book an Aiguille du Midi and christen his new toys on the Vallee Blanche.  After battling the masses on the ridge everyone dispersed in different directions so it felt like we had the … Read on…

Sunshine celebrations

Alpage de Balme

The last week of so has been fantastic sunshine.  Not always scorchers but we have had a couple of days with temperatures in the teens of degrees.  Spring skiing conditions with the freezing overnight temperatures rendering the pistes bullet proof and then the sunshine softening the snow by mid morning.  … Read on…

Saturday Market

Knives

Glorious sunshine Saturday so took a stroll through the Market. Every Saturday morning there is an amazing market in Chamonix.  If your chair needs recovering or you need new shoes head to the side nearest the swimming pool. The best bit is the other side of Place Mont Blanc where … Read on…

So much snow, so much fun

Breezy

The recent snowfall in Chamonix has opened up a world of possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. We opted to head to Grands Montets where the trees on the lower slopes offer some visibility even when it is dumping snow. Arrived at 0930hrs and the Plan Joran bubble had just opened … Read on…