Monthly Archives: November 2016

Courmayeur Opening Day

Courmayeur does pretty good views

Location: Courmayeur
Snow: Fresh dense snow, rain crust below 2200m
Weather: Hazy cloud then sun

This week’s foehn wind has given us warm, dry weather in the Chamonix valley but on the Italian side of Mont Blanc there was a good amount of snowfall, just in time for Courmayeur’s opening day today.  Crowds were low (thanks for staying home everyone),… [continue reading]

Lavancher Laps

Graham: Best snow of the day in the lower half of Lavancher Bowl

Location: Grands Montets
Snow: Mostly 15-20cm sugar
Weather: Hazy cloud, warm

Grands Montets’ Bochard gondola opened this weekend thanks to last week’s lower temperatures and new snow.  I didn’t make it up the hill yesterday but Graham reported decent conditions, so we headed up this morning for a couple of laps of Lavancher Bowl with touring gear for the return… [continue reading]

Here We Go

Feeling good in the powder

Location: La Fouly
Snow: 30cm powder, some wind & sun-affected
Weather: Bluebird

Winter 16/17 is well and truly upon us.  After some bike maintenance on my return to Chamonix I only managed a few rides off the Flegere cablecar, one at Loriaz and an excellent late-afternoon descent from Plan de l’Aiguille before temperatures dropped last week and the snow started… [continue reading]

School Holiday Dates 2016/2017

School holidays, December 2016
Here are the UK and French school holiday dates for the upcoming winter.
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