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…

Sunshine celebrations

Alpage de Balme

Spring skiing conditions with the freezing overnight temperatures rendering the pistes bullet proof and then the sunshine softening the snow by mid morning.  Likewise the off piste has stayed good but keep well clear early in the morning on south facing slopes unless you want to shake a filling loose. Read on…

A picture is worth a thousand words

Bochard

The snow has kept really well and recently we have seen fresh arriving which is great for both the piste conditions and the off piste too. We have also managed to make the most of the great snow conditions with trips through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur and skiing in Chamonix. Read on…

Col de Passon best ski of the season

Powder skiing

Yesterday we had a bin booked for the top of Les Grands Montets so headed up with a crevasse kit each and skitouring stuff. Destination was the Col de Passon and then to ski down the Le Tour glacier into Le Tour village. Read on…

Ski Tour to the Alpage Restaurant Domain de Balme

Alpage Restaurant vista

We decided we would try to avoid the hoards at GM and headed to Le Tour with Carolyn, who usually brings snow with her when she comes to stay so lets hope she does!!!! Le Tour is closed apart from the home run down to Le Tour village which is … Read on…

March and spring skiing has just arrived

Roast Chicken & Prosecco

Just had an amazing ski week with repeat clients who have been coming out year on year since the doors opened 16 years ago. You could be deceived that the week was all about the food from the pictures but we had a great ski as well. A powder day … Read on…

Powder snow and sunshine Chamonix

Hillary at Le Tour

The chalet has been busy with guests the last couple of weeks who have enjoyed very varied weather and plenty of fresh snow. We have had climbers, skiers and snowboarders through and when the weather has been favourable enough the cameras have come out. In no particular order, we had … Read on…

Mixed weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix

Lilly

February has been lots of weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix. Thankfully the rain snow limit has been mostly just above the driveway of the chalet so not much snow clearing. When the sun has shone the camera has been out as there has been huge amounts of … Read on…

Two days tracking fresh powder at Le Tour

Fresh tracking powder

A week of unstable weather finally rewarded us with fresh powder days at Domaine de Balme. The sun came out and cold temperatures on Thursday gave plenty of scope for fresh tracking all day. On Friday the road to Le Tour was closed but we were fortunate enough to have … Read on…