Monthly Archives: January 2015

Deep & Good

Rob: Deep & good

Location: Champex Lac
Snow: 40cm powder
Weather: Sun then cloud then snow

Lots more snow yesterday evening so we left the Chamonix Valley again today.  Location: Champex Lac.

After a few warm-up runs the main access piste opened and we lapped our favourite tree areas for pillows, drops and tight gullies all covered in excellent untouched powder since the access… [continue reading]

Back To The Plan

Graham: Finding a safe pitch of nice untouched snow on the second lap

Location: Plan de l’Aiguille
Snow: 35cm powder
Weather: Light snowfall, some wind

Just a couple of laps this lunchtime on the Midi Plan, site of my favourite days last winter.  The snow was reportedly a little windblown in places this morning so we played it safe just slightly skier’s-right of the lift each time amongst existing tracks but still found… [continue reading]

Calm Before The Storm

Alex: Warming up on his first ski day in Chamonix

Location: Brevent
Snow: Tracked & soft but a bit wet
Weather: Sunny then cloudy

The last day for some relaxed skiing before the big storm hits (up to 2m over the next few days depending on which tourism website you read) so some quick doorstep laps at Brevent today with Angus and South African Alex on his first day in… [continue reading]

Getting Better

Graham: Finding the good snow

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: 20-25cm powder on a variable base
Weather: Bright then cloudy, poor visibility

Yes, we’re getting there with the snow after a full afternoon/evening of snowfall in town yesterday.  I fancied Le Tour today to avoid most of the crowds but ended up at Grands Montets with surprisingly few queues except for Top Bin which opened early… [continue reading]

More pistes

Martin: Good pistes overlooking the Chamonix valley

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Excellent pistes, soft enough off piste
Weather: Sun & cloud

Just a blast about Les Houches today to get out and avoid the crowds.  Pistes were in excellent condition but a little firm on the front side.  The back side was best with plenty big rollers, a small park now open and shallow but soft snow… [continue reading]

Roadtrip To Powder

Kev, Colin: First run

Location: Monterosa
Snow: 30-40cm dry powder, some very slightly windpacked areas
Weather: Bluebird

Not much new snow round these parts lately but Colin had heard chat that Monterosa had gotten up to 70cm fresh snow yesterday so that was surely worth a trip today to finally get on my fat skis for the first time this winter.

Monterosa sits in… [continue reading]

Still Good

Stuart, Graham: Returning to midstation

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Excellent pistes, tracked but soft off-piste
Weather: Cloudy then sunny, windy, cold

A quick morning on Le Tour today with an old friend of my dad’s, Graham, plus his two sons while they are on a quick visit to Chamonix.  The pistes on the front side were amazing again first thing and the off-piste choppy but… [continue reading]

Quick Laps

Guillem, Graham: Cloudy but good today

Location: Le Tour
Snow: Excellent pistes; tracked but soft off-piste
Weather: Cloudy but bright

Not great weather today but I headed up Le Tour anyway for a few easy laps.  The pistes were near-perfect, definitely the best I’ve skied in the Chamonix valley this winter, and off-piste it was mostly tracked powder but still soft enough to cut through with… [continue reading]


Rob: First run of the day

Location: Bruson
Snow: 25-30cm powder
Weather: Mostly sunny

Finally: a decent topup of snow yesterday daytime, so a good reason to hit Bruson today for the first time this winter.  The area is definitely seeing a bit more traffic than it did a few years ago so yesterday’s snow was a little tracked first thing this morning but we still… [continue reading]

Just Blasting About

Graham: On the right skis today

Location: Les Houches
Snow: Wet & heavy but good
Weather: Overcast, warm

Clouds this morning meant that I wasn’t too in the mood for battling Grands Montets crowds for first lifts, so just a blast around Les Houches in a big group instead.  Mainly full speed on the pistes front & back side, popping off any rollers and side hits… [continue reading]

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