Hiking Les Grands Montets and Touring Le Tour

Posted by Laura Rees 1st November 2007

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!

Les Grandes Montets
 
Once we got to Lognan, we spent a bit of time poking around and looking at the works taking place. Nothing much new up there but there’s a great covering of snow which will make for excellent early-season conditions. And, even better, the Companie du Mont Blanc, who run lift operations in all of the Chamonix resorts, have announced that Les Grands Montets will open early - next weekend (24/11)!

Chairs

 
Last night’s opening party at the Jekyll went off; once again, looks like this little retreat in Chamonix Sud is going to be an important part of the nightlife scene. The cocktail list is impressive (try the Champagne Mojitos!) and the food looks like it’s going to be pretty on point again.

Snow shoes
Today, the CMB opened the Flégère cable car. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the valley, that’s the green one that goes from Les Praz and joins up with Brevent. There’s some serious vertical up there, and we kitted ourselves out with snowboards and avalanche gear ready to go and get some good snow. Unfortunately however, the lifties were under strict instructions not to let anyone aboard with skis or boards, so we had to content ourselves with hiking Le Tour, a little further up the valley. We found fresh tracks galore after an hour’s hike, all under a blue sky. I can’t remember riding so early into a season in Europe.

See you here!

Dog


About the author

Laura is embarking on her third season in Chamonix after swapping a career in marketing in central London for a career in marketing in Chamonix (for Mountain Leap Events http://www.mountainleapevents.com). Having started off as a skier, Laura switched to snowboarding in 2007 and is now trying to learn fast in order to keep up with her friends! Laura now lives at the foot of the Les Bossons glacier and spends most of her time juggling work with snowboarding, horse riding, mountain biking and watching endless repeats of 'Friends'! Laura is Welsh (and very proud of it) born in Newport but grew up in the USA, Japan and Singapore, returning to the UK in her mid teens. She speaks enough Japanese to order a meal at Satsuki in Chamonix!

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