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 is the snow report from across the globe for the week ending March 16th, 2013, published with thanks to www.J2ski.com. Yippee there is new snowfall across the Alps so all those Easter ski trips should be fabulous.
If you have managed to get some cheap flights and now just need a great apartment, this could be right up your street. Some apartments in France from the specialists, Skiapartments.co.uk. All offers are for accommodation only and do not include any travel.
Here are some great discounts for the late season getaways in March and April, from the self drive ski holiday specialists, Erna Low. Driving to a ski resort can be great fun and often better value if there is a group of you. Check out our handy top ten tips for driving to the Alps.
The ski season may be nearing the end but there are still plenty of deals out there for Easter. Conditions across the Alps are still really good and more snow is forecast so get browsing and grab a bargain.
Still searching for the ideal Easter ski break? Here are some great offers from some of our top tour operators, all three star accommodation. If you can't find the deal for you why not fill in our JustAskOnce form online and let us try to help.
Hdere is the ski report for week ending March 9th, 2013 courtesy of J2Ski. There hasn't been very much fresh snow but what is still there is affording great skiing conditions. If fresh snow is what you are after then head to Austria, just like the MadDogSki team - we are off to Mayrhofen next week, and the brilliant Altitude Comedy Festival.
If you still haven't had your fix of the white stuff, or are looking for a second trip then check out some of these deals and events across the globe. The snow may be faling in the UK but don't worry there is still plenty over in the ski resorts.