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Col De La Fenetre ski tour

Col de La Fenetre Ski Tour Les Contamines

Day off at the chalet so headed out of the valley to Les Contamines for a scoot about and a ...
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Powder skiing le tour

Blue sky powder skiing at Le Tour

Considering yesterday we were at the same place skiing in poor visibility, what a difference a little sunshine makes. Domaine ...
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Mighty fine powder skiing

Fresh tracks at Domain de Balme

Yesterdays snowfall and that which fell overnight saw the avalanche risk settle at 4. Grands Montets had delayed opening and ...
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Skiing the couloirs below Col de Rachasses

Ski Tour Col de Rachasses Grands Montets

For one reason or another we didn't get up to Grands Montets until mid morning. The Bochard was closed because ...
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Piste Basher

Tour with the Pisteurs at Le Brevent

All the guests at the chalet were out the door early this morning. An American family went through to the ...
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Breezy skiing Le Brevent off piste

Once again the sun shone

We have had our fair share of weather recently. Lots of snow for Christmas guests in the chalet which is ...
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Powder skiing Brevent

Powder day at Le Brevent in the sun

Today is supposedly the only day this week when the sun is due to make an appearance. With that in ...
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Rene Anouk Breezy and Al

The winter is under way in Chamonix

The lifts are open and snow has arrived. More snow is due this week. Last week we were traveling through ...
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Aiguille du Midi

Ready for the winter ski season

Snow is on its way That is it, the chalet is ready for guests and the forecast for this weekend ...
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Les Grands Montets

First snow ski pass rates

Until the 21st December the Lift Company of Chamonix is offering a deal on ski passes. The beginning of December ...
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dome de gouter

The end of another winter season in Chamonix Mont Blanc

It has been an exceptional winter season for snow but not for sunshine.  We have had more awesome powder days ...
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Breezy skiing powder

Ski Touring Col du Passon down to Le Tour

It is not often that we can get out of the chalet to get the first lift up Les Grands ...
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Start of the Vallee Blanche

Aiguille du Midi to Helbronner ski tour

This Wednesday the weather forecast was for sunshine so we were holding reservations for the Aig du Midi lift to ...
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Wind and powder skiing

The day it all came together – sunshine and powder at Grands Montets

This season we have definitely had our fair share of powder days in Chamonix. One could not always see very ...
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Breezy in powder

Half term round up for Chamonix skiing and snowboarding

February has been an awesome month in Chamonix with all manner of weather. We have had powder skiing in the ...
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Vallee Blanche

Vallee Blanche from the Aig du Midi

Paul has been on an ski course with Mark Gear all week and decided to round off the week with ...
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When it snows head for the trees

Föhn wind in Chamonix is a warm valley wind which can strip the snow from lower slopes. Fortunately due to ...
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Grands Montets


This week we have been chasing powder snow. We were lucky enough to get an invite from ESF to go ...
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La Cab bar at Brevent

The return of sunshine

After the unprecidented amounts of snow the sun has reappeared and is making a definite come back. The lift company ...
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Aiguilles Rouge

Crochues Berard Ski Tour from La Flegere

On Saturday we left the lift system behind in La Flegere and headed up over the Col Crochues.  Every turn ...
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Al, Ken & Breezy

Freezing conditions return to Chamonix.

To be fair we have had very "mixed" weather recently, and now we are back to the freezer.  The pistes ...
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Aig du Midi

Almost Spring skiing conditions

Apparently we have experienced an "unusually strong northward bulge in the jet stream that's to blame (or credit) for the ...
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Ken skiing

If you go down to the woods today…

You may just see Breezy and Ken ripping it up.  The fresh snowfall brought out the fresh trackers at Les ...
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Off piste

Crisp White sheets

The sun has finally made an appearance and the mountains are covered in crisp white sheets of snow. The Christmas ...
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Grands Montets powder skiing

Just keeps on snowing

With more snow due tonight this has to be the whitest Christmas in years.  The Christmas tree is up and ...
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December skiing powder chamonix

Chamonix winter started with powder

Powder shots everywhere you turn. Recent weather has brought snow snow and actually more snow. Forecast for the next few ...
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Grands Montets Chamonix

First days skiing of the season Chamonix

It's been cold in Chamonix and the lifts have opened for the weekend. We saw partial opening of Les Houches ...
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Chamonix lift ticket

Premiere Neige – First snow lift pass deals Chamonix

The lift were open this weekend with partial opening of Grands Montets and Les Houches. All the Chamonix ski domains ...
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Avalanche Safety Talks (in English) Free

As per last season there are some great avalanche awareness talks in Chamonix. The Avalanche Achademy do a series on ...
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Early season snow

All that glitters could just be the deep snow arriving

Fresh snow forecast. Early season snow seems to be accumulating on the slopes of Chamonix which bodes well for a ...
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Cosmique Arrete

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

As I write the old cable car station at the top of the Glacier Rond is being demolished. At a ...
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Ski touring from the Dix Refuge

Cabane des Dix Ski Touring

Six of us drove to Arolla in Switzerland having booked a couple of nights at the Dix Hut.  Unfortunately the ...
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Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Sunshine has featured quite heavily recently. Today was no exception.  Three of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi ...
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Group photo in front of the Dent du Geant

Splitboarder telemarker and alpine ski touring

The forecast was for sun with cloud coming in through the afternoon.  There had been a few spots of rain ...
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Fresh tracking powder

Reasons to ski and snowboard Chamonix for Easter

Why ski Chamonix at Easter? The days are longer and the lifts are open longer too.  Generally the lifts open ...
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Group photo

Col D’Entreves ski tour

We just had to profit from the glorious sunshine. Plus get up high where there is still some snow which ...
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Ski Tour from the Aig du Midi for coffee in Italy

5 of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge and on to the "tourist route" Valle ...
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Coffee stop at Le Brevent

Mad March Gang Week

The time comes each year when the Mad March Gang show up.  There is a lot of skiing and a ...
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Day 1 for Ken on the VB

Crazy Ken arrived yesterday with a completely new rig, skis, bindings boots and more. We decided to book an Aiguille ...
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Alpage de Balme

Sunshine celebrations

The last week of so has been fantastic sunshine.  Not always scorchers but we have had a couple of days ...
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Saturday Market Chamonix Mont Blanc

Glorious sunshine Saturday so took a stroll through the Market. Every Saturday morning there is an amazing market in Chamonix.  ...
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So much snow, so much fun

The recent snowfall in Chamonix has opened up a world of possibilities for skiing and snowboarding. We opted to head ...
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A picture is worth a thousand words

February has been busy with family groups in the chalet. All keen skiers they have been out the door early ...
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Croise Baulet ski tour

A great friends Birthday so a small group of us set off ski touring from Combloux up to the Croise ...
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Long shadows

Les Contamines Ski Touring

On our day off from serving food at the chalet we set off to meet some friends for a gentle ...
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Powder skiing

Col de Passon best ski of the season

Yesterday we had a bin booked for the top of Les Grands Montets so headed up with a crevasse kit ...
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Pow Pow and Pow

The last week or so has given us some unstable conditions. By that I mean that we have had weather ...
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Visit from Lonely Mountain Skis

Last week in the chalet we had a really interesting and enthusiastic chap, Jamie, who came out with his Dad ...
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Chris heads for the trees

Courmayeur v Chamonix

I still struggle to get my head around the fact that a mere 16km away the general population speak a ...
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Into the shade

Col de Berard and into Buet

What an adventure! Three of us set off for the Crochues-Berard traverse into Buet. The Foehn wind was blowing and ...
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Rustic barn

Seeking out the soft snow

It has been a while since our last dump of the white fluffy stuff but there are still odd spots ...
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Col des Chasseurs

Col des Chasseurs ski tour Les Contamines

Day off at the chalet so teamed up with David and Asa who run a chalet at the top of ...
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The snow has arrived in Chamonix

At last we have a significant dump of snow and the valley is opening up. This week we have cleared ...
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A short hike

Snow pizza prosecco

Having just cleared the drive of the chalet and sat down with a coffee here are a few pictures from ...
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Dramatic cloudscapes

Little by little the snow is being laid down

This morning was the second time the driveway needed clearing. The cloud in the valley gave way to clear skies ...
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Alpage Restaurant vista

Ski Tour to the Alpage Restaurant Domain de Balme

We decided we would try to avoid the hoards at GM and headed to Le Tour with Carolyn, who usually ...
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Brigitte & Lisa

Festive round up

The whole Christmas and New Year thing has been a little mad this year with people arriving and leaving all ...
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Cosmique Arrete

Cosmique Arrete off the Aiguille du Midi

Day off and a good forecast so we had an adventure planned! Climbing the Cosmiques Arrete from the Aiguille du ...
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le brevent

Le Brevent Opens

Decided to check out some skiing in the sun. Although only the top was open we saw only 3 other ...
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Start of the day Courmayeur

Fabulous ski course with Alison Culshaw

That's the end of the course with Alison and all her clients thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt loads. The course ...
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Alisons Group

Learning to ski again

The weather is cold and the snow that we have is in good condition. Day one of a ski course ...
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Great pistes

Our first ski day of the winter season

The first day that we put skis on is always a little scary. Can you actually remember how to do ...
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Winter Lift Pass Specials

This winter the Compagnie du Mont Blanc are once again offering a "1st Snow" discounted rate for lift passes which ...
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Snow has arrived in Chamonix

First snow has hit the town. Yesterday there was over 20cm at the top of the Prairion ski lift in ...
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New puddings

Testing out new puddings

A summer of testing new recipes, both on ourselves and visitors in the Pyrenees.  Having loads of fun with new ...
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Off Piste Chamonix

Breezy is booked on a ski course

For anyone who has skied with Breezy you may wonder why she has booked on an off-piste skiing course. There ...
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Panorama from the Daubenhorn

Lamerenhutte Ski Touring in Switzerland

We managed to take advantage of the weather and get in a trip to Switzerland for some ski touring. It ...
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Boarder Cross at Grands Montets

Easter with snow, sun, cloud and wind

This week in the chalet we have had a family of 5 and 4 people on one of Alison Culshaw's ...
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Roast Chicken & Prosecco

March and spring skiing has just arrived

Just had an amazing ski week with repeat clients who have been coming out year on year since the doors ...
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Hillary at Le Tour

Powder snow and sunshine Chamonix

The chalet has been busy with guests the last couple of weeks who have enjoyed very varied weather and plenty ...
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Chalet de Loriaz ski tour

We managed to wrangle our day off to coincide with a friend's Birthday celebration with a stay at Chalet de ...
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Mixed weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix

February has been lots of weather and lots of powder snow in Chamonix. Thankfully the rain snow limit has been ...
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Crochue Berard ski tour

Great Day on the Crochue Berard ski tour

There must have been a couple of hundred folk skinning up the Col de Crochue. Some with guides and some ...
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Fresh tracking powder

Two days tracking fresh powder at Le Tour

A week of unstable weather finally rewarded us with fresh powder days at Domaine de Balme. The sun came out ...
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Touring up

Ski Touring Les Contamines

The sun shone so we headed out of the valley with ski touring kit. Les Contamines was the destination as ...
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Italy – never take a picnic!

What can we say, pizza in Italy is not to be missed. Especially when you can sit in the sun ...
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Dave on telemarks

Champery skiing with great friends

Managed to get over to Champery on our day off from the chalet to ski with Derbyshire friends Dave and ...
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Powder hunting

Cold keeps the snow light & fluffy

The weather has turned super cold which is keeping the snow in good condition. We spent a few hours up ...
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Pow Pow

Powder everywhere

The recent snowfall in Chamonix has been relentless. Having said that today we got a glimps of the sun. Unfortunately ...
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unlimited festival

Forthcoming Events in Chamonix

Want to know what is happening in town and up the mountain when you are out in Chamonix. Or maybe ...
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Waist deep

Powder Day in St Gervais

With the recent heavy snowfall in Chamonix it is taking a little while for the lift company to get the ...
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Julia enjoying snow

Christmas and New Year plus lots of snow

The Festive Season is over and the snow has arrived big time. Fabulous guests and great fun was had over ...
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Aig du Midi

Aiguille du Midi on a perfect day

American clients in the chalet skied at Les Grands Montets and then got the last telecabine up the Aiguille du ...
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chalet extension

The extension on the chalet

We have finally got the chalet ready for the winter ski season (in between playing up the mountain). The new ...
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Les Houches

Getting fit for opening of all the lifts

Grands Montets and Les Houches opened last weekend but are shut during the week, so we have made the most ...
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Its snowing

Early Opening of Skiing in Chamonix

The Compagnie du Mont Blanc have just announced early opening of the Chamonix Ski slopes. This weekend, for a couple of ...
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Snow blow

Abundant snowfall this weekend

Received a mail from Mike Sweeney this morning who let us know about the forecast for the weekend. Snow in Chamonix ...
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Easybus Sale now on

3000 seats on sale at 2€ each way between Geneva and Chamonix in February and March. That's 4€ return. You ...
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Alt 2000 Le Brevent

El Niño and Bumper Snow?

Could be in for a good snow year. "Weather experts say that the Earth could be experiencing the strongest El ...
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Barn project

Summer Update Chamonix

Just back from a fabulous weekend in Chamonix for David and Asa's wedding. Sitting above Montenvers looking down on the ...
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Fruits for Jam

Home made Jams this winter

This summer we have been growing fruit for a range of home made jams for the chalet this winter. So ...
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Ski Touring from Rifugio Benevelo Italy

End of season ski tour with great friend Sauze and hubby Alun Barrett. Glorious sunshine for the walk in the ...
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At the top of the Col

Col de Serena Ski Touring Italy

Day off this week took us into Italy for an adventure. We teamed up with friends from Les Houches to ...
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Ceracs on the Vallee Blanche

March skiing and Eating in Chamonix & Courmayeur

Roundup of the last couple of weeks The chalet has been busy and so reports have been lacking but spring ...
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Grippy pistes at Grands Montets

March and spring skiing plus touring

Roundup of the last few days. Chamonix has been lucky with snowfall over the last couple of weeks and blessed ...
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Le Tour

Day off in powder at Le Tour

Fresh tracking all day long. The sun shone and the mountains were covered in powder snow. What better way to ...
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Fresh tracking

More fresh snow arrives in Chamonix

Powder everywhere. Having had over a week of great weather over the Half Term break, the snow has once again ...
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Carving up the off piste

Chalky snow off-piste at Grands Montets

Off piste better than the pistes at the moment. The pistes at Grands Montets were fairly bullet proof today and ...
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Massif du Mont Blanc

Ski Tour up the Croise Baulet in Megeve

Day off Wednesday, so we headed out of teh valley with ski touring kit to head up the Petit Croise ...
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Pizza and prosecco

Courmayeur pistes pizza and prosecco

Tuesday took us through the Mont Blanc Tunnel to Courmayeur to meet friends. The pistes were in fantastic condition, the ...
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