January in Chamonix

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  1. LaNeige

    LaNeige Well-Known Member

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    It's been thinking picking so far, but a good fall yesterday with more to come should improve things.

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  2. piolet

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    Aahhh that view


    5 weeks.

    Keep the pics coming!
     
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    Love Cham :thumbs:
     
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    keep us updated folks.
    +1 and I are there ~18 Feb, psyched!
     
  5. LaNeige

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    Just 'cus you asked ...

    The view from Flegere on Monday, not much open but enough to keep you entertained and knock the rust out of your legs. And there's always the view.

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  6. Zeroz

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    Interesting next 3 days.

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    Saturday morning shit show

    Although it is still jan...
     
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  8. Zeroz

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    Yep. Saturday. Even for January I'd expect there will be a frenzy with all that pent up energy from before Xmas.
    Given that amount of snow on a hard base, avalanche danger will be interesting.
    We'll do our first ski day on Sunday.
     
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  9. LaNeige

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    When for a ride up the Aiguille du Midi. Amazing!

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    The ridge - firmly closed.

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    Not closed just waiting for ya to break trail!
     
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  11. climberman

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    Better open up soon.
     
  12. LaNeige

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    Snowing today and the forecast is good, but might not open for a while. Point du view (Grand Monsters) was closed today. Will post pic in a while.
     
  13. LaNeige

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    Courmayeur on Wednesday, great cover with nearly everything open. The pistes were firm (to really firm), seemed to have missed out on the snow that Cham got on Tues though. Still great fun with about 5cm of fresh.

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    Lots of snow in Crans. Nothing open..... lazy Swiss flockers o_O
     
  15. LaNeige

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    Thursday was Grand Montets (or Monsters – thanks auto correct). After getting getting some snow Tuesday this looked like a good option for one (13), two (11) and myself with David Alzieu for some private lessons. So we took the Plan Jordan (new) cable car and went strait up Bochard for a warm up. Before heading out to skiers right of the Bochard piste, we stopping to check out Couloir Poubelle, which One said he'd ski – note it was pretty much rock with some snow. The snow was light and dry with filled in soft chop, although the cover was a bit thin. Coming back on to the piste around the top of the Marmottons the snow was beautifully chalky which gradually gave way to firmer conditions (with mixed gravel). Yeap there was a bit of rock skiing.

    Next stop Grand Montets at 3,275m. The plan was to take Point de Vue and ski past the Argentiere glacier, but first we had to negotiate the entrance to the run, which was steep, icy and nasty. One was taken out by a snowboarder who had lost his edge (he was incredibly apologetic and not the only one to lose his edge). Once through that, it was over to the Col des Rachasses to find that the Point de Vue was closed. So we took the option out to skiers right of Pylones next to the rocks. Again the snow was very good, light and dry and conditions were filled in soft chop and some untacked patches for about 500m before heading back to skiers left and picking our way through some (more) rocks and small bowls.

    It started snowing mid morning and we pretty much repeated the Bochard and Grand Montets runs (mixed with a bunch of other runs on the lower slopes) after lunch with conditions improving (from the snow and wind) and finished the day with a run from the top of Bochard to car park (yes a couple of breaks and burning thighs).

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    From the top of Grand Montets looking east towards Chamonix and Brevent - Flegere
     
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    You make me happy.
     
  17. travelislife

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    Sounds like it has been a late year again after last year. But good to see some decent snow coming in. Just creates that Avi danger to another level.
     
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  18. LaNeige

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    Indeed Level 4.

    When I dropped the skis back the owner said he wouldn't be out (from the Aiguille du Mid) until Tuesday when everything's more settled. Also, that he hoped the Arete would be open, but he wasn't convinced.
     
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    Friday, with a bunch of snow overnight and more falling (waking up to avi charges), Grand Montets was the obvious choice. The reports said only the Grand Montets lift would be closed. Should have really cottoned on when getting the gear on the car park with everybody leaving - Closed for the day. Really poor communication.

    Given we were already up that end of the valley, we thought we'd try Le Tour; at least it was open. Well one lift anyway. We lapped the Les Caisets a couple of time before heading to lunch; the snow was excellent, the visibility not and lunch at Le Passon pretty good.

    Back down to Les Houches for the afternoon where quite a bit was opened (very different to earlier in the week). The snow was still falling. A couple of run on the Prarion side including the world cup downhill Kandahar (lots of fun). Again, the snow was excellent, chalky groomers and shin deep soft chop off piste, although the groomers hardened up lower down where the artificial snow was more predominant.

    Over to the Belleview as the clouds were getting higher and visibility was the best it had been all day. A traverse across to Schuss Des Dames where there was a nice surprise; relatively untracked freshies. It was great to watch One and Two ski through what was knee deep on them. Also had a whale of time blasting through the soft chop lower down.

    One and Two voted for Les Houches on the last day (not a bad choice given the crowds at Grand Montets, the potential for not opening etc and everywhere else didn't have much open). Pretty much a repeat of the previous day with less untracked (although I'm sure if you knew where to go you would have found it) and lots more deep soft chop (over my knees in places) - which was an absolute ball. Finally, lunch at Les Basilic which was good, very good.

    A couple of thoughts on restaurants:
    • Poco Loco - Still excellent
    • Maison Moustache et Filles - Looks to be closed
    • Beurre Noisette - Seriously excellent food, but a "loose" with the interpretation of the bill leaving a bitter taste in our mouths
    • Panier des 4 Saisons - Excellent food, great service and very generous

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    View from Belleview Thursday afternoon (well named). On the left side is Prarion and the right is Chamonix.
     
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  20. piolet

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    Maison moustache closed?!?!?!?!?!?! Say it aint so!

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  21. LaNeige

    LaNeige Well-Known Member

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    I thought some might take this badly, there is a chance I could have missed it, but the Impasse des Rhododendrons isn't exactly a long street ...
     
  22. Zeroz

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    Chamonix areas are skiing well now.
    There's a lot of snow, its cold (-20C at Grand Montets today ) but the avalanche danger scale is at 4.

    Sunday was spectacular with blue skies after the 1m+ dump in the three days. Mostly light snow which skied really well.
    Monday we loitered with intent waiting for off-piste areas to be opened. Enjoyable skiing ensued.
    Now is not the time to go up high due to aforementioned av danger, but that time is coming soon.

    The base is not great though and they will soon need more snow. Nothing this week but next week looks interesting.
     
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    Yeah looks like something is happening, just gotta keep an eye on temps. Hopefully we'll know more in a few days.

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  24. John F

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    My family of 4 have just had 5 days in Chamonix and it was sensational fun. We stayed at the Morgane in town after we were moved due to renovations at Mercure les Boussons not being finished in time. We skied les Plannards, les Houches, Le tour and brevent-flegere, the latter was a bit of mistake as 2 of the family were beginners and weren't really ready for that one. Other observations I made about the trip:
    - Morgane is a great place to stay, we lucked out a bit with being moved;
    - 5 days doesn't even scratch the surface at Chamonix
    - We ate at 10 different restaurants in town and every meal was fantastic
    - the teenage competitive slalom skiers that think they own the frickin mountain, jump the queue en masse, block the lift entry etc. we're a pain in the arse and one of the few downsides;
    - it really needs a bit more snow, although 5 days of perfect sunshine wasn't hard to take
     
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  25. piolet

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    1) pics? ! :D
    2)was maison moustache et files open?!?!?!?!
     
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    Sorry I'm not sure about the restaurant, we referred to them as the place on the left up from the train tracks corner or over the road from the super U and like that, not sure why but the French street and landmark names, also in Paris, were difficult for us to remember - as saint de something or other it was too much for the holiday brain to store
     
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    Been snowing pretty hard for the last 48 hours, easily 50cm up the top.

    Yesterday heaps of places were on hold due to the conditions, almost went to les houches but way too many people. So we drove across the border too Courmayeur, lots of deep snow, tho only half the mountain open. I jumped over a house.

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    Today went to Grands Montets, again only half the mountain closed but still some amazing runs. Japan quality pow in some sections.

    Any tips on where to go tomorrow? Thinking Grand Montets and hopefully heading high but i'm not sure what the other resorts have to offer.
     
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  28. piolet

    piolet Old And Crusty
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    Depends what will open
    Crowds arrived yet? Feel like rolling the dice waiting for the top of LGM to.open, if at all?