Great start to ski season

Loads of snow fell a while ago and due to cold temperatures (-10s) has stayed around. Thanks to that, lots of resorts in the French Alps have opened early, Chamonix included with many people coming to ski over the weekend. Les Houches is to follow on the 7th.

Have a look at this (in French) to see how the snow enabled to open up early.

On the 14th December, Le Brévent and La Balme will open with La Flégère following a few weeks later due to repair works.

 

Snow conditions in Chamonix

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Despite not having snowed for one week, it’s surprisingly good still. Ok we could do with at least one more dusting but there aren’t any rocks showing through on the piste yet.

Yesterday we were at Le Tour for a warm up day. That was sun affected on the Southern facing slopes (so hard and unpleasant underfoot), but venturing off-piste, we found some untracked slightly heavier snow on the ‘Garland’, Vallorcine side, but hiking the Arollette (repeatedly) doing the North facing couloirs from the summit down towards the lake was fantastic.
Today we’re at the Grands Montets. Chalky snow, semi hard bumps, fantastic grippy pistes. It’s great stuff. No-one around other than the French ski instructor groups and the buyers for next seasons Dynastar ski range.

Roll on the next snowfall.

First winter holiday period over

This morning at Le Tour was like chalk and cheese from the past week’s skiing. Places in the car park, no queue to get up the first lift and the best bit….no-one at the Autannes chair.
We shouldn’t complain though. The holidays have been blessed by superb conditions. You want regular dumps of fresh snow? You had it! Sunny skies? You had loads.
If only all ski holidays were like this, life would be perfect.

The caption for the photo should be ‘you didn’t see it line this very often over the last fortnight’.

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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!

VB 2nd Feb

VB 2nd Feb