It’s official; tomorrow sees the official kick-off of the winter season here in Chamonix! From tomorrow (8/12), Chamonix is open for skiing every day, with Les Grands Montets, widely known as the most technical of the local areas, opening the majority of their terrain. Marmottons, Pierre A Ric and most importantly Bochard will be open, the latter of the three being the high-speed gondola that accesses some of the best terrain in Europe. We’re off!
Just another rainy interseason in the Alps, right? Wrong! Winter 2007/8 has kick-started with a gigantic snowstorm, news of new parks in the resorts around town, the descent of hundreds of Gore-Tex-clad seasonnaires from all around the world, and best of all, Mad Dog Ski here with you for another winter, keeping you up-to-date with every minute detail of winter life in Chamonix.
This week has pretty much seen perfect mid-winter skiing & riding conditions; tons of fresh snow lying around everywhere and beautiful blue skies overhead. We took a walk up to Lognan, the Les Grands Montets midstation, to see how much snow had fallen, and were quickly up to our knees! Fortunately we came across a friendly beagle halfway through the hike who was more than happy to show us the way. Having to call its owner later that afternoon and explain how we had accidentally taken her dog on an epic, marathon hike was slightly more awkward!
The week of the 12 April, VIP SKI is offering half-price childcare in Alpe d’Huez, saving families up to £387. All of VIP SKI’s childcare team are highly qualified, dependable and there to make your family holiday as relaxing as possible for both parents and kids. A week’s stay in VIP SKI’s Chalet La Chappelle with two children, departing 12 April 2015 would cost usually set you back £1049 per adult, and £974 for children under 12, with parents saving up to £387 on childcare.
Six days skiing in Meribel this Easter from just £249 with Skiweekends.com
Yes, for just £249 per person you can have six days on the slopes this Easter. This Ski Weekends trip departs from London Victoria on 4 April 2015 with travel onboard a luxury coach to the Three Valleys. Accommodation with bed and breakfast is at the 2-star Hotel Belevedere in Brides les Bains (Meribel).
End of season skiing can sometimes be seen as a bit of a gamble but not this year! The recent cold snap has enhanced the slopes and is sure to make a late ski break most enjoyable.Ski Total ( 01483 791933) have a range of late deals to their catered chalets to make the most of the last few ski weeks:
There’s only two months left of the ski season but there’s still some great skiing to be had. Head to the Alps for the best deals, here guests can save up to £550 per person in Europe’s top resorts, including Val d’Isere, Meribel, St Anton and Courchevel, with Powder White’s late deals for March:
If sledging fun is more your style, hop along with your family and friends to enjoy 30 minutes sledging on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 10.30am – 3.30pm. Cost for aged four and over is just £7 (adults and Juniors).