First day of the Chamonix ski season.

Chamonix opening day 19th Novemebr 2016!

Its been quite a few years since Chamonix has been able to open for skiing during the month of November, however, thats exactly what happened today, 19th Novemebr 2016.

Not only did Grand Montets open but the conditions were exceptional.  Chamonix valley has had a number of storms blow through over the last couple of weeks and all have been providing snow above the valley floor, and sometimes down to 300m altitude.

There has never been a better time to think about coming out to the Alps for an early ski before the Xmas madness begins.

James Coates

 

Book your Geneva airport transfer Quick!

The latest snow forecast for the Alps is looking very good!

If you have not already booked your airport transfer now might be a good time.  An early dump of snow followed by cold weather is the perfect start to the season and means that Xmas and New Year is more likely to be “Snow Sure”.

We will of course be following this and reporting as soon as we see the white stuff falling out of the sky.

Chamonix forecast

Chamonix forecast

Snow coming at last to Chamonix

The latest forecast from www.snow-forecast.com is looking very promising for the Alps!  If the snow arrives as anounced we could be getting up to 50cm of snow at Chamonix town level (1000m).  Temperatures are also meant to drop to around -15, bring your thermals!

We will of course be reporting as soon as this happens.

Chamonix Snow Forecast

Chamonix Snow Forecast

Chamonix – “Alpine town of the year”

Chamonix has been awarded the status of “Alpine Town Of The Year” by the association “Ville des Alpes de L’Annèe”

Below is an extract from their web-site.

THE ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR ASSOCIATION…

Logo … is an association of alpine towns which have been awarded the title of “Alpine Town of the Year”. The title commends an alpine town for its particular commitment to the implementation of the Alpine Convention and is awarded by an international Jury.

On Monday the 1st of September 2014 Chamonix was selected from a long list of potential towns covering the entier Alps.  Selected by an international jury and based largely on Chamonix’s commitment to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% before the end of 2015

Towns previously selected are listed below (Taken from www.villedesalpes.org)

Train from Geneva to Chamonix?

It is possible to get from Geneva to Chamonix (and back) by train.

Trains leave Chamonix train station every hour during peak periods and are operated by SNCF, the French railways company.

All trains leaving Chamonix require at least 1 change and sometimes 2 changes.  First is going to be at Fayet (St Gervais) to get off the cog railway and onto a standard train.  All trains going to Geneva will be stop at Geneva Eaux Vives train station.

To get to Geneva train station will require getting to Geneva Cornavin and then connecting to the airport.  In total getting to geneva city from Chamonix takes between 2hr50 and 3hr40 depending on connections.

Taking the train is a wonderful way to see an area, however, if time is important to you then a private transfer from Geneva airport to Chamonix takes a little over an hour and is door to door.

Chamonixcabs offer this service from as little as 170 Euros, contact us for details.

Is this the start of winter 2013/14?

How things can change, we were riding our bikes two days ago and now there is at least 10cm of snow covering our car-park and the snow is still coming down hard and fast.

With temperatures set to stay below 0 degrees for the next few days and snow on the forecast all day tomorrow, this could be the beginning.

A useful link for current weather webcams from our friends over at chamonix.net is below.

http://www.chamonix.net/english/webcams

images-12A mountaineer recently discovered a box of hidden treasure on the Glacier des Bossons, He stumbled across the box which contained rubies, emerlands and sapphires while crossing over the Glacier.

The climber decided to hand the jewels over to local authorities after he noticed the jewels were contained in bags with ‘Made in India’ printed on them.

Its not the first time pieces of aircraft have been found on the Glacier des Bossons, in-fact, some local residents frequently find pieces of the stricken Air India plans that crashed on Mont-Blanc in 1950 and 1966.

If no-one claims the jewels they could become the property of the lucky mountaineer, who would then become around €250,000 richer!

 

Fast running form!

Yes i know this has nothing to do with airport transfers! but as a trail runner and someone who is interested in trying to run faster its very interesting.

Credit where its due! I follow these guys www.kinetic-revolution.com they are very informative.

james coates

Geneva to Chamonix transfers, book early!

imgres-7If your 2013/14 winter holiday is already booked why not get you airport transfer booked too. All too often we receive last minute requests from people who “forgot” to book this vital part of their holiday.

We understand it’s not as much fun as choosing your luxury chalet or buying your new skis online, but without the airport transfer your chalet could be difficult to get too.

At this time of year many of the airport transfer companies are getting ready for the coming winter and have lots of availability, booking now will almost certainly guarantee you availability even over the busy Xmas / New year period.

james Coates

www.Chamonixcabs.com

 

Police on Mont-Blanc! Going too far?

Policing of the “normal” route and Trois mont-Blanc route on Mont-Blanc will now go tete-rousse-04ahead for this coming summer climbing season 2013.

From June through to September police will be placed on two very popular climbing routes to inform and, when necessary prevent people attempting Mont Blanc.

They will mostly be present in two places: the Col du Midi and the Tete Rousse hut. They are being placed there to educate climbers and give advice for a successful summit attempt. They will look at equipment, peoples fitness, weather and other factors.

The only place where is it permited to bivouac is at the Tête Rousse, where there is a designated camping area.

James Coates