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…

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…

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…

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…