High Hopes in the French Alps

Les Grands Montets

looking into Chamonix Valley, from Les Grands Montets

looking down towards the lift station, altitude 2765m

As it’s been precipitating, raining down here it was expected to be snowing higher up. We’d got the day off, so decided to head up to the higher slopes in the Chamonix valley and skied Les Grands Montets. The best snow is going to be at the higher altitudes now.

The car park was looking quite full but we didn’t have to queue for the gondola. The snow condition was much better than expected. Les Grands Montets is a much more demanding ski area, with steep pistes, some quite narrow, but great off piste (when the snow’s good!) we did try a little off piste but the snow was a bit sticky so it was difficult to maintain a constant flow. It may have been better earlier in the morning. It would have been great to take the gondola up to the top, but it was booked and full so the best way to get to the top would be to pre-book the gondola. We may get to have a go and ski the glacier sometime before the season officially ends. Hope so…. We went up to the 2765 meters. The top is around 3300 meters, so that would be some ski, akin to the Valley Blanche, and we haven’t skied that for a couple of years.

Les Grands Montets is a much faster and precise ski area, with Blue’s being like everyone else’s Reds, and Reds, like everyone else’s Blacks! It was great up there today! I really needed that vitality boost, was beginning to feel like it’s all work and no play at the moment…

The forecast was for a good morning till early afternoon and deterioration after then. Whilst we were skiing the cloud growth was considerable within a few hours and when we got down to the car park it was already precipitating.

The forecast for the next couple of days isn’t looking too good, but we’ll see when tomorrow arrives.


March 29, 2011 - Posted by | Skiing

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