Fantastic skiing at the Grands Montets

What a morning! A late start due to avalanche control, but the lift priority works a treat 😉 (check the photo)
40cms was advertised having fallen at Lognan, but we didn’t see proof of that. At the top if the Bochard though I coild believe it. A few laps of the Lavancher bowl with one down the middle being just fantastic. A big smile from the group said it all.

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Opening day at Le Tour

The much awaited opening of the ‘rest’ of Chamonix happened yesterday. Ok, the weather got worse as the day went on but we had excellent skiing.

A couple of runs on the front-side before heading into the back bowls towards Switzerland where the snow was untracked.

A few things are new for this season, a new turnstile for the Autannes chair, a couple of very high tech snow cannons at the bottom of the Evettes piste and the permanent timed slalom piste (heavily sponsored) under the Autannes chair too.

A fantastic start to the season at Le Tour!

Skiing in Courmayeur on a snowy weekend

It just keeps dumping snow with another 10cms outside this morning in Chamonix. To be honest, I’m getting bored (correction – I’m already bored) of snow clearing. Still, if snow’s what we need… 😉

Saturday was a good day to be in Courmayeur. A quick nip through the tunnel for better snow is super easy with the Val Veny cable car only 3 minutes from the Italian entrance. 20 minutes later we were skiing groomed pistes with 25cms of fresh snow. This was Chris’s first ski of the season so he was over the moon with the conditions – fresh snow, if a little bit heavy.
After lunch, we lapped the black behind the Baby Bowl and then the trees down to Zerotta. Check out the number of lifts and runs open in Courmayeur at the moment.
K2 Coombacks performed well, they’re proving to be a good choice. Having spent three years on full rockers, it’s nice to feel an improvement on the piste.

Early doors snow and freezing temperatures

Yesterday morning was the first real frost of the winter at -2°c in Les Houches. The same time last year, we were all outside in t-shirts.

The peaks all around were covered in snow. This morning, it’s a little bit different. Positive temperatures, definite differences between the south facing slopes such as Aiguillete des Houches and Le Brévent where the snow’s melted and the north facing slopes. With the sun arriving up there too, I think there’ll be even less by the end of the day. No more snow is on the horizon for the time being either.

Check out the Chamonix webcams to see what it’s like at the moment. Have a look at the Grands Montets, or Le Tour, two popular places to compare with your memories!It doesn’t look much more than Derbyshire in deepest winter so far, but let’s not forget it’s only mid October.

Should we be excited about this as it’s so early??? Absolutely! We’re off to Tignes next week (to try our new K2 skis that have just arrived) where apparently the glacier has redeemed itself after a hot summer and the snow’s now in good condition up high.

Keep an eye on the pistes and the state of the snow with the choice of Chamonix webcams throughout the winter.

Start the fitness campaign, book your flights, tighten your bindings. See you in Cham this winter.

VB 2nd Feb

VB 2nd Feb