First off…. We have some opening dates for the season….
Yes… Grands Montets will be opening from the 3rd December, this year…
We are getting really excited about the possibility of some early skiing – only FIVE weeks to go!!
Brévent, La Flégère and La Tour are all set to open on the Saturday 17th December….
….and we are still waiting to hear about Les Houches. Traditionally, it likes to give Grands Montets a run for its money in the early opening stakes… All we need is the snow!!
The other aspect which may affect the opening date for Les Houches is that the Compagnie du Mont Blanc will become the majority share holider (73%) in the ownership of the Les Houches ski area at a cost of 4 million euros, on the 25th October. After many years of petty (and not so petty) arguments between the two families that controlled the ski area, it is finally sorted and we can relax knowing the future of the best kept secret of the Chamonix valley is safe. I am hoping they continue the tradition of opening Les Houches as early as possible though.
After yesterdays heavy rainfall in the lower altitudes, it is already looking great for an early start to the season for higher up the mountain…
This was the view from Grands Montets mid-station earlier today…
As you can see there is already a nice covering of snow on the tracks… with five weeks to go!!
What else is NEW this year?
There will be a new boarder cross park being created in La Tour which will be open to everyone.
At Grands Montet, in the freestyle park, they are installing HD cameras to record all the action…
At Brevent, they are installing a giant airbag so wanna-be hot-doggers can practise their aerial moves and land safely on an air mattress – under the supervision of park instructors.
For the gastronophiles, there are new restaurants at the La Tour area and La Flégère area…
The pisteurs have already erected the safety fence on the lower section of the Kandahar world championship run, and they’ve been around and inspected the snow cannons down the piste des Aillouds outside the chalet….
All very exciting…. we CAN’T WAIT!!!
One thing I DO love about right now though… is the colours of Autumn as we go into Winter….