New for winter 07/08…SNOW!

Posted by Laura Rees 14th November 2007

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.

The flakes began really falling around 9pm yesterday (13/11) and are falling with the same consistency as I write now  (15/11). The snowflakes are the size of silver dollars, big and moist, and with ground temperatures in the valley hovering around freezing night and day, a deep and stable initial snow base  looks like a certainty this winter.

Snowy street

Good news for you jibbers; Les Houches is investing around €30,000 into new a terrain park facility beneath the Schuss chairlift. Les Houches has proved itself as one of the most progressive resorts in the Alps for the development of new-school riding, and this philosophy nurtured a strong and positive downhill mountain bike scene this summer, which looks like it will segue nicely into a new park with rails, jumps and boxes for 2007/8.

At time of writing, the only bars open in town are Chambre Neuf, which will continue with its 8.00pm-10.00pm two-for-one cocktail happy hours this winter; Bar D’Up, with it’s dizzying selection of drinks promos and regular live music, and Monkey Bar, which has over the summer cemented its reputation as the place to party in the Chamonix Sud complex.

Here’s to an excellent winter!

Snowy statue

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 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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