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!
Here are a selection of resorts across the Alps with some great savings. All these offers are from Pierre & Vacances, their range of apartments across the French Alps are ideal for families and groups of skiers keen to take to the slopes this April. Contrary to popular belief April skiing and snow conditions are often fantastic with many high-altitude resorts boasting historically good snow records and some of the best snowfalls of the season. P&V are offering savings of up to 30% and free children’s lift passes in a variety of high-altitude destinations.
Here is the latest ski report from around the globe, courtesy of J2Ski for the week ending 15th March 2014. There hasn't been much snow across Europe but conditions are still good and forecasts are promising for snowfall soon.
The end of the ski season is nigh and here are a couple of great deals for the month of April. Both include Eurotunnel return travel, read our Top Ten Tips for driving to the Alps if you have any reservations.
Here is a selection of late season deals for the end of March and into April. They range from some long haul skiing to USA or a cheeky weekend in Val Thorens. If you are in need of a late snow fix before the season draws to a close then bag yourself a bargain...
There are some great savings of over £200 pp with white hot ski chalet deals in March. Fish & Pips offer gourmet food and first rate service ensuring you get the most out of your ski holiday. They are also offering half price lift passes so you can make the most of the fantastic March snow.
Powder White have selected some of their lovely chalets to offer exclusively to MadDog visitors. Choose from Verbier, Courchevel, Val d'Isere, Meribel and St Anton and from a week to a weekend stay. You just need to find your journey there and then you can enjoy the luxury of their well appointed and friendly chalet holidays. All holidays are over the Easter period.
If you still haven't booked your ski break over Easter then here are some deals from Erna Low that could tempt you. There are various options for each resort - accommodation only, ski drive or fly - the choice is yours but there are discounts of up to 40% off accommodation. If you are taking children for the first time then our guide on how to make sure they love it might be of help.
With Easter around the corner the end of the ski season in most resorts is looming. Here are some great ski holiday deals with some great savings for family and luxury ski holidays, as well as some great events you can take part in.
Fish & Pips have just sent us this great offer - save more than £200 pp for the week commencing 22nd March in both Meribel and Val d'Isere. They also have discounts on ski passes and ski hire. The lovely ladies at Fish & Pips will make sure you have a fabulous stay and their food is amazing... what's not to love?