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Monday 9 December 2013

The ski season is officially open.  Although there is fairly light snow coverage at the moment, the pistes are in quite good condition. To get you in the mood for skiing, here is a little video of Helen, myself, and nephew Tim messing around on the slopes of Courmayeur on the 1st December…. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser   [Read more...]

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Just 20 minutes drive from our chalet in Chamonix valley, there is a “via ferrata” in Passy called Curalla. For those that don’t know, a “Via ferrata” is like a footpath on a rock face…  They were first developed during the First World War in the Italian Dolomites for moving troops around the alps.  It literally means   [Read more...]

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In September 2010, I did a long-range weather forecast for the French Alps based on patterns of previous years, and predicted a cold spell early on and abundant snow based upon a strong La Nina and an NAO+ winter.   Although I was correct about a cold start, my prediction for the NAO+ winter did not   [Read more...]

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Wednesday 23 October 2013

Autumn has arrived in Chamonix. The colours of the mountains and trees are a vivid mass of reds and browns.  The snow line creeps downwards, and my excitement at the forthcoming ski season skips whenever I see fresh white powder coating the high mountains. We had epic snow conditions last season.  So, as we move   [Read more...]

Friday 5 July 2013

Whilst preparing for Kerry and Gaz’s wedding last Saturday, I made a batch of Beetroot and Chocolate ice cream. Sadly the weather on the day was a little too cold for ice cream.  So it stayed in the freezer. However, we had a whole load of interesting ingredients left over after the wedding, including a big bag   [Read more...]

Thursday 14 March 2013

Long time no blog posts.  However, this is because we’ve been pretty much flat out with guests this Winter…. We’ve had one of our best seasons so far – fantastic snow, and we’ve had some wonderful guests through the chalet again.  Hopefully made some good friends too… I bought a Go-Pro camera back in December and   [Read more...]

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Fantastic news!!  It has been dumping snow hard here in Chamonix the last few days, and there’s more snow on its way. As a consequence, both Les Houches and Grands Montets are opening from this Saturday 8th December… Also, we are still number 1 on Tripadvisor for specialty lodging in Les Houches. We’re thrilled at   [Read more...]

Sunday 25 November 2012

We experienced one of our worst nightmares the other day: we discovered we’d taken a double booking. We’re only human after all, and mistakes can happen. Luckily we discovered it before we had two sets of guests arriving on the front door step. (that would be our worst nightmare!) So the question is, how do   [Read more...]

Wednesday 10 October 2012

On Sunday, we hosted a dinner party for friends. What a wonderfully delightful opportunity to trial new recipes for Winter!!! Helen spent the day in the kitchen preparing different foods, gutting pigeons and preparing two types of stock… I spend the morning preparing the Pepper Ice cream for dessert… Dinner was… Salmon mi-cuit in vanilla   [Read more...]

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Wednesday 2 September 2009

A quick walk up the Col du Vosa and Prarion shows that progress is well underway with yet another new chair lift being created in Les Houches… It is fantastic that the lift companies are investing so heavily in the local infrastructure… This ski lift will greatly improve the beginners area at the top of the   [Read more...]

Wednesday 17 December 2008

Last Saturday, most of the ski lifts in Chamonix valley and Les Houches closed for the day due to the exceptionally strong Foehn wind. The Foehn is a wind local to Chamonix valley caused by warm air being pushed up through Italy, over the top of the Mont Blanc massif where it gets pushed down   [Read more...]

Friday 5 July 2013

Whilst preparing for Kerry and Gaz’s wedding last Saturday, I made a batch of Beetroot and Chocolate ice cream. Sadly the weather on the day was a little too cold for ice cream.  So it stayed in the freezer. However, we had a whole load of interesting ingredients left over after the wedding, including a big bag   [Read more...]

Whilst preparing for Kerry and Gaz’s wedding last Saturday, I made a batch of Beetroot and Chocolate ice cream. Sadly the weather on the day was a little too cold for ice cream.  So it stayed in the freezer. However, we had a whole load of interesting ingredients left over after the wedding, including a big bag   [Read more...]

Sunday 25 November 2012

We experienced one of our worst nightmares the other day: we discovered we’d taken a double booking. We’re only human after all, and mistakes can happen. Luckily we discovered it before we had two sets of guests arriving on the front door step. (that would be our worst nightmare!) So the question is, how do   [Read more...]

Saturday 6 December 2008

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