Season kicks off with a bang!

Posted by Laura Rees 7th December 2007

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!


For the past week or so, we’ve had to content ourselves with skiing at the Courmayeur resort in Italy, which is included on the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass this year and is a short 15-minute hop through the Mt Blanc tunnel. If you haven’t been to Courmayeur before, it’s a great little mountain that is an excellent addition to Chamonix’s quivver of resorts; it sits at altitude so has plenty of snow, well-groomed pistes and plenty of steep tree sections off the back that make you feel like you’re skiing in the latest Teton Gravity movie! If you’ll have the Unlimited pass while you’re in town, a trip to Courmayeur is a must. Cheap tunnel tickets are available from the Montenvers ticket office, which make the 32€ fee just 11€ each way, or you could take the daily bus that leaves from outside the train station in Chamonix. Either way; get it done!


In town, there’s plenty on; one of my favourite eating places, Munchies, opened on Wednesday night with a delicious-looking Japanese fusion menu and a swish new look to their mezzanine bar area. Strength to strength! Also, a the really popular weekend late-night hang-out Cantina opened last Friday, and like everywhere in Chamonix now is subject to the no-indoor-smoking rule. It’s great to be able to go out and enjoy some drinks with friends in the evening without that tell-tale smell of smoke hanging around your jacket when you put it on the next morning.

More snowfall is forecast this weekend and into next week, which should do a great job of topping up our already-substantial base; see you out there!

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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