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.
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. Â 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.
The latest forecast from www.snow-forecast.com is looking very promising for the Alps! Â If the snow arrives as anounced we could be getting up to 50cm of snow at Chamonix town level (1000m). Â Temperatures are also meant to drop to around -15, bring your thermals!
We will of course be reporting as soon as this happens.
Chamonix has been awarded the status of “Alpine Town Of The Year” by the association “Ville des Alpes de L’AnnÃ¨e”
Below is an extract from their web-site.
THE ALPINE TOWN OF THE YEAR ASSOCIATION…
… 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. Â 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)
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. Â First is going to be at Fayet (St Gervais) to get off the cog railway and onto a standard train. Â 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. Â 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.
A 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-BlancÂ in 1950 and 1966.
If no-one claims the jewels they could become the property of the lucky mountaineer, who would then become around â‚¬250,000 richer!
If 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.
AtÂ 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.
Policing of the “normal” route and Trois mont-Blanc route on Mont-Blanc will now go ahead 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 toÂ bivouac is at the TÃªte Rousse, where there is a designated camping area.