Winter 2021/22 is about to kick off and the conditions in Chamonix are looking great.
We have had snow down to low level (Geneva) for a good few days now and there is more forecast. This, coupled with the fact that we have had snow at altitude now for a number of weeks means that the snow depths about 1800m are good and ready to go.
For this reason The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc have announced that from next weekend (4th December 2021) certain areas of Grand Montets will be open full time (not just weekends).
With the storm that is coming this weekend notably Saturday things should be off to a great start.
You might be wondering if Uber operate in Chamonix, the answer is no they dont.
The problem for Uber in Chamonix is that the demand fluctuates too much, from no demand for quite a few months of the year through to mega demand over Christmas and New Year and the busy months of the ski season.
The good news is that provided you arm yourself with a good contact number (may i suggest 00 33 (0)6 79 01 46 02, me) then you should be OK. Taxis in France are regulated by the government and as such the prices are too. Firstly your driver will have passed various exams (8 in total) including a type of “knowledge”. The driver also has passed a criminal record check and will be in possession of a “Carte Professional” with a photo and name of your driver for extra security, this will be displayed on the windscreen. The driver is obliged to use the taxi meter which (contrary to popular belief) is not very expensive around the valley and is way cheaper than a VTC.
We operate all year round and even during this hard time of COVID we are available.
For enquiries or even to book a cab contact us on.
Now that Chamonix is open for skiing you might be looking for an easy way of getting to the slopes. We have a dedicated vehicle (normally more than 1) servicing the valley for groups and individuals that dont want to stand in line for the bus or who require a lift home after an extended “Apres Ski”……
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.
The UTMB 2016 is just around the corner and many people will now be looking for the best method of getting form Geneva airport to Chamonix.
If you are travelling with your family and/or friends the best thing to do is book a “private” transfer from the airport. This way the cost is kept down per person and you won’t have a long tedious wait in the airport.
Contact us for more information about our private transfers.
The latest information on the Companie Du Mont-blanc website says the following.
“The Grands Montets ski area will be open continuously from December 5th, 2015. Timetable: From December 5th, until December 18th 2015 included. First departure from Lognan at 9am, last round trip at 3:45pm, last one-way mountaineers 4:15pm and last descent from Lognan at 4:45pm. Have nice day !”
This is great news and means the conditions up on the mountain are better at this time of year than they have been for a number of years.
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.