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Cold crisp conditions continue in Chamonix, with fluffy powder to be found off piste. 5cm of fresh snow fell on Tuesday, with more predicted through until the weekend. Here is Seb Montaz’s video snow report for Chamonix for this week.
If you want to take advantage of these conditions but can’t spare a week, Chamonix is a perfect resort for a short ski break thanks to the short transfer from Geneva airport. Take a late flight on Thursday, return Sunday night and you can have 3 full days on the mountain! There are some great hotel & self catered options available in Chamonix for short breaks in February – just give us a call on 0131 243 8097 and you’ll be out there before you realise! Read the rest of this entry »
Although most minds are currently fixed on the 2009/10 ski season, here in the office we are starting to think about 2010/11! Every January we head over to France to meet with suppliers to make sure we bring you the very best in offers for the season ahead and to find out about any new ski properties.
This year’s annual European contracting trip was preceded by a visit to Avoriaz and Samoens. After a slight delay to our flight into Geneva, we headed to the transfer desk at arrivals, where our driver was waiting to take us up to Avoriaz. We were staying at the Balcons du Soleil apartments which are divided into several buildings in the Falaise area of Avoriaz, all with direct access to the slopes on skis – comfortable apartments with great views in an ideal location. We also visited the Antares apartments over in the Crozets area of the resort. You just need to know about two lifts that connect the Antares to the centre of the resort to make getting around easier. These apartments were renovated a couple of years ago and are great if you’re on a budget.
Every Thursday we will be bringing you the latest snow reports from Chamonix thanks to Sebastien Montaz of Chamonix Guiding. Chamonix Guiding is the first mountain guide websites to feature High Definition video content. The quality is simply awesome. Enjoy.
www.Skiinfo.co.uk reports that the Alps and both Eastern and Western sides of North America have again all reported heavy snow in the past seven days over New Year, building on last week’s accumulations.
Snow depths are building in France with Flaine now at 2.7m (9 feet) on upper slopes, La Clusaz on 2.5m (8.3 feet) and Orcieres on 2.1m (7 feet). The French Alps have also seen some of the heaviest falls of the past week with St Gervais reporting accumulations of 90cm (three feet) and the Paradiski region of La Plagne, Les Arcs and Peisey Vallandry 70cm (2.3 feet). Most other areas have reported at least a foot of new snow. As a result of the new snow, the snow depth has already almost doubled since the end of 2009 at many French resorts.
In Austria, Kitzbühel received fresh powder on Saturday. Christoph Hirnschall of Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel told me: “The 20 cm of new snow on Saturday helped the winter’s atmosphere very much as they added a layer of natural snow to the already well-prepared slopes.” Kitzbühel had up to 45 cm of artificial snow on their mountain slopes before. Now the snow depths reach 65 cm on upper and 30 cm on lower slopes with 51 lifts in operation.
It is a huge help when all the little extras can be booked before leaving the UK, such as ski school, child care, rentals & lift tickets so we have put together a quick pick of some of our favourite family ski resorts where everything can be done before you go, leaving you just to enjoy the snow.
Whistler, Canada & Val Thorens, France are both opening this weekend ahead of schedule, with more snow forecast to arrive so that powder deep fresh tracks can be made on Saturday.
Self catering in the Alps is becoming more and more popular with fantastic new properties appearing every season. Gone are the days when self catering just means an apartment in 70s style decor and a pan on the hob to boil water for your morning cup of tea, now you can find apartments with fully equipped kitchens, spacious & comfortable living areas with flat screen TVs & DVD players, indoor swimming pools, spa facilities and gym facilities – although who actually has the energy for a work out after a day on the slopes?