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

Cosmique Arrete

The inspiration of Alfred Cachat, the original lift (also known as “Telepherique des Glaciers”) departed from Les Pelerins. The lift was abandonned in 1951. The lower stage of the lift was used in the first ever 1924 Winter Olympics for competitors to access the bobsleigh track. 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…

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…

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 Blanche. Transferring to climbing skins under Mont Blanc du Tacul we traversed the crevasses and headed up to the top of the new Skyway lift from Courmayeur. Read on…

March skiing and Eating in Chamonix & Courmayeur

Ceracs on the Vallee Blanche

Roundup of the last couple of weeks The chalet has been busy and so reports have been lacking but spring has definitely arrived. Snow showers every few days have freshened the Chamonix Valley up and the temperatures have risen. The overnight temperatures have been below freezing so slightly later starts … Read on…

Chamonix Mountain Scenes

Grandes Jorasses

A cold spell has gripped the Chamonix Valley which is fantastic for keeping the snow. There has been a temperature inversion keeping the cloud in the valley with blue skies up above.  Chamonix webcams are great in these conditions to motivate clients to go skiing and snowboarding.

Ski Tour up to Helbronner and ski down the Vallee Noir

People outside the buvette

A beautiful sunny day and a reservation for the Aiguille du Midi in hand. Strange how you can make an online reservation, print out the ticket but still have to wait 40 minutes to get on the lift. You have to take the printout to a desk (with a queue) … Read on…

Petit Envers route down the Vallee Blanche

Montenvers train Chamonix Mont Blanc

Wednesday and the skies cleared for a beautiful descent down the Vallee Blanche from the Aiguille du Midi. It was our first VB this season so we chose the Petit Envers route coming down into the exit couloirs skiers left of the Requin Refuge rather than through the Salle a … Read on…