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!
Why is now an ideal time to book your ski holiday? Because ski holiday companies are offering some great deals. There is always the big question, is it best to wait nearer the time or to book now? One thing is for sure, the earlier you book your holiday, the greater choice of accommodation and flights you have. Crystal Ski Holidays have sent this information through with some offers for early deals for 2014/15 ski season.
Please see below for some great end of season offers from Erna Low. There is a mix and match on a number of resorts in France - just pick your resort and then decide if you are opting for just accommodation or travel (driving or flying) included. The end of the season is nearly upon us but there is still time to squeeze in another cheeky ski week!
Jamie Stevenson, a Reservations Manager from Ski Independence, has just beaten the Guinness World Record for the most countries skied in one month, raising over £3000 for Disability Snowsport UK in the process. The old record stood at 15 countries in under 31 days. Jamie achieved 17 countries is just 21 days.
The last hurrah of the season is nearly upon us and there are some great bargains to be had. Here are some great discounts from Erna Low with a choice of resort, accommodation only or travel included ski holidays.