The start of winter 2016/17 can only be described as terrible. No snow to speak of over Xmas and New year, an average snowfall at the beginning of January followed by one of the hottest Februarys in years.
However, March is now here and we have gone back to winter, snow has fallen down to the valley floor again and since the 1st of March (today is the 4th) some areas have seen 1 metre of snow above 2000m.
Conditions at altitude are now considered “good” and if the forecasted precipitation arrives then the end of the season could just be the best of the season too.
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.
Its a project that has taken quite a lot of time getting off the ground for many reasons, the most recent being “Nissan” taking 2 months to transport a vehicle 500 Km’s!
After discussions with many people in Chamonix from our regular clients and hotels right through to the Chamonix tourist office and Marie we are finally up and running.
The Idea is very simple, provide a taxi/cab service in the Chamonix Valley (and beyond if possible) with a 100% electric vehicle. Â The benefits are two fold, firstly we will be moving people without producing any local pollution at all (which in Chamonix is desperately needed) and secondly we are actively promoting the use of electric vehicles in the Chamonix valley.
On this second note, if anyone reading this (anyone?) is interested in finding out more about electric vehicles you are more than welcome to contact us and come have a look, drive etc with a view to potentially increasing the number of these cars on the road.
Charging in Chamonix
For more info please contact us on – 00 33 (0)6 79 01 46 02
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.