WINTER IS COMING!
Welcome to the first snow report for the Chamonix 2017/18! Its only the start of September, but Chamonix has had its first dusting of snow over the weekend. Approximately 15cm above 3000m, with the snow line creeping down to just above 2000m.
The warm summer days have disappeared and the fresh autumn weather can be felt throughout the valley. Cool mornings and evenings, with reasonable temperatures during the day, when its not raining. But rain is good, as it means, snow is next!
The Chamonix Snow Report will be back again in full swing from December 23rd, just in time for Christmas but in the meantime, here’s all the info you need to know if you are planning a trip to Chamonix this winter!
Mont Blanc Natural Resort has just released the opening dates for the forthcoming season.
Les Grands Montets will have partial opening, weekends in November (depending on snow conditions). Access by Argentiere-Lognan cable car only. From December 8th to December 22nd, expect partial openings valley wide, again depending on snow conditions. With full opening of all areas from December 23rd. Just in time for Christmas. First lift departures every day from 9am.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Christmas and New Years is always a bit of a risk, sometimes we have knee deep pow as in 2010 & 12, other times it’s barely covered rocks 2014, 15 & 16 but if the conditions in NZ and Australia this year are any indication, we are in for a dozy!
The La Nina system has now finished and we are potentially entering in to El Nino, although El Nino typically restricts major storm formations in the Gulf of Mexico. Which as we all know, has not happened this year with Irma, Jose and Katia still beating the Florida coast.
So, as with all weather predictions, its too soon to tell but what we can tell you is Christmas is a great time in Chamonix. There are LOTS of events on every day for the whole family and I can honestly say I have never heard anyone say they didn’t enjoy Christmas in Chamonix!
Here’s a couple of throw back photos from December 9th 2012!
We have two different passed in Chamonix:
Le Pass, which covers Brevent, Flegere, Balme, Grands Montets (except the top bin), Les Planards, Le Savoy, Les Chosalets and La Vormaine. If you are travelling with young kids or its your first time in Chamonix, then this is a great option to keep the cost down. All the beginners areas are included (except for Les Houches) and they have special offers for family groups.
Le Mont Blanc Unlimited is the grand daddy! Full access to all the Chamonix and Megeve ski areas including the Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers. This is the pass if you want to do everything Chamonix has to offer from skiing to sightseeing. If you purchase 2 or more days you also have access to Courmayeur.
Tickets are not on sale yet, but more information will be available from October 1st.
If you are looking to buy an annual or season pass, rumour has it these will be available at a discounted rate to everyone this year. We are still waiting for official confirmation and ways to buy, but to get the best deal, be ready to buy between October 1st and 31st! More info, coming soon!