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…

Intermediate Ski Course

All Mountain Performance

This 5 day ski course based in Chamonix is run by Mark Gear in Chamonix. The course is aim is to improve piste technique and to start skiing off piste. In Mark’s words “It is amazing how easy skiing off piste can be”.

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…

Intermediate Ski Course

All Mountain Performance

This 5 day ski course based in Chamonix is run by Mark Gear in Chamonix. The course is aim is to improve piste technique and to start skiing off piste. In Mark’s words “It is amazing how easy skiing off piste can be”.

Intermediate Ski Course

All Mountain Performance

This 5 day ski course based in Chamonix is run by Mark Gear in Chamonix. The course is aim is to improve piste technique and to start skiing off piste. In Mark’s words “It is amazing how easy skiing off piste can be”.

Seeking out the soft snow

Rustic barn

Les Contamines also has amazing pistes and the touring is good too over the Col de Fenetre and the Col de Cicle. The Roman Road back to the Gorge is getting really icy and there are a few rocks so take crampons just in case. Read on…

Intermediate Ski Course

All Mountain Performance

This 5 day ski course based in Chamonix is run by Mark Gear in Chamonix. The course is aim is to improve piste technique and to start skiing off piste. In Mark’s words “It is amazing how easy skiing off piste can be”.