Ben Turner – Chamonix (14/12/13)
Today is the first weekend of the main season so I thought I’d give you an idea of how things are shaping up. I will post regular weekly updates on here so you’re all in the know before coming out for your ski trip!
A bit of background to start – I will be based in Chamonix in the Western European Alps for the 2013/4 season, and I’ll be working here until at least April so any questions regarding Chamonix or the surrounding areas please don’t hesitate to drop me a message and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Right, snow conditions are unfortunately worsening day by day, there hasn’t been a significant snowfall for over two weeks now and daytime temperatures have been around the 4/5 degrees mark. Night time temperatures have been getting down to -6/7 degrees most evenings so it is keeping the snow that is on the ground in place which is something at least. The resorts throughout the Chamonix valley have all been working hard with their snow machines to get a base layer down on all pistes, even down to the valley. The Grand Montet ski area has been open all week, but with a limited amount of lifts open. Le Tour, Les Houches and Brevant should all be opening today but all offering a limited service until conditions improve and they can open more pistes.
Thankfully www.snow-forecast.com is forecasting snow for Thursday this week, at the moment it’s only set to snow 6cm, but that will most likely change between now and then. Fingers crossed!
See Snowed In’s Facebook posts for work opportunities currently available in Chamonix.
- Worlds Top Ten Best Ski Resorts For Great Skiing In 2014 (americanlivewire.com)
- More resorts open & more snow needed (planetski.eu)