Ski touring and the Vallee Noir

Ice cave Vallee Blanche

Sunshine has featured quite heavily recently. Today was no exception.  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.  It is an amazing lift station and gives magnificent views of … Read on…

Col D’Entreves ski tour

Group photo

We just had to profit from the glorious sunshine. Plus get up high where there is still some snow which has not been transformed in the heat of the sun. Destination Col D’Entreves. Setting off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge, we skied down the classic Vallee Blanche … Read on…

Ski Tour from the Aig du Midi for coffee in Italy

Crevasse

5 of us set off from the Aiguille du Midi down the ridge and on to the “tourist route” Valle Blanche.  We managed to walk straight on to the lift and the ridge was not busy. There were a few guided groups heading off which we managed to pass on … Read on…

Day 1 for Ken on the VB

Ken

Crazy Ken arrived yesterday with a completely new rig, skis, bindings boots and more. We decided to book an Aiguille du Midi and christen his new toys on the Vallee Blanche.  After battling the masses on the ridge everyone dispersed in different directions so it felt like we had the … 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…

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…