This winter 2019, we’re bringing you a weekly Chamonix snow report, from the slopes or the town centre. We’ll be giving you an update on the latest snow conditions, upcoming events and the weather for the week to come.

Every Monday evening, tune in to our Facebook page, and then find the report all week on our dedicated Chamonix Snow Report page.

We’ll update this page with the previous snow reports from the months of December and January, so you can see an overview of how the season has started off here in Chamonix.

Monday 24th December 2018

Weather and Snow Conditions

Snow will be best this week in the colder mornings, today however the best snow will be from midday when a cold front sweeps in from Eastern Austria turning humid precipitation to snow between 1500 and 2500m – we’ll find out in the morning! Overnight we expect 36cm of fresh snow to fall, setting up Christmas morning as the best skiing of the week! From Boxing Day temperatures will be between 0 – 2degrees so make sure your skis or board are well waxed for softer snow. Chamonix-Meteo predicts fair sunny weather from Boxing Day with high cloud passings, becoming more frequent ahead of the weekend.

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Aiguille du Midi now open!

This week, heading to colder temperatures at higher altitudes will mean fresher, deeper snow awaits you and your guide/instructor!

In our Snow Report the girls are hunting fresh powder off the sides of the Charlanon piste, this is always only in line with safety conditions and for confident off-piste skiers. To improve your off-piste game, and stay safe in all conditions, consider booking a private ski-instructor or mountain guide during your stay here. There is a guide/instructor for every level in Chamonix!

Also consider Wednesday as the ideal day for sight-seeing at the Aiguille du Midi, see our blog on “Unmissable viewpoints” here.

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Picture by Simon Steinberger – Pixabay

Pick of the Pistes

This week we chose to ski at the centrally located Brévent slopes. This predominantly south-facing resort is the quickest to access from central Chamonix with the use of the Planpraz bubble lift. For those non-skiers, the open plan Planpraz look out has a snack bar and great sun-soaked deck chairs on fine weather days. From here you can also walk to the Bergerie du Planpraz, nominated as one of the best dining spots on the slopes in this Chamonix All Year blog: “They work closely with local producers to guarantee excellent quality and fresh dishes, including regional and national specialities.”

The full ski area at Le Brévent is open and in action with the exception of the Ski-Movie Air Bag Jump.

Click here to find out more about “What’s New in Chamonix” this winter.

This week in Chamonix

Aiguille du Midi and Montenvers Train (+ice grotto) NOW OPEN IN CHAMONIX

As of Saturday 22nd these key tourist attractions are back on the agenda, just in time for the holidays!

TONIGHT: 24th December: Santa Parade from 6pm

Come in your best festive garb to Place Balmat (near the mural of the famous mountain guides of Chamonix). From here Santa will join us with a parade of elves, followed by families old and young. The Christmas magic parade will lead us to the huge town Christmas tree in front of the tourism office.

TONIGHT AND TUESDAY: 24th & 25th December: Church services in English

Join the Christmas Eve service at the Église Réformée de la Vallée de l’Arve, the church located opposite the central train station in Chamonix. There will be French services that are translated into English on the 24th from 6pm to 7pm, and on Christmas morning from 10.30am to 11.45am.

FRIDAY: 28th December: The White Fairy Parade, Place Balmat

Join the light and dance show from 5pm, again starting in Place Balmat. As the sun goes down three fairy dancers, glowing in white, will appear on stilts to dance and play.

SUNDAY: 30th December: Dance Parade, Place Balmat

Yep that’s right! It’s a week full of parade fun, this time a choreographed parade with humorous and offbeat sketches that evokes feminine clichés. Again starting from 5pm Join the dancers in Place Balmat, come on down and get down with an ambience of Quincy Jones, Wonder Woman and even the James Bond Girls.

Chamonix All Year Specials

  • Last minute availability for New Year’s Eve, such as Chalet Bornian: here

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If you mention this Snow Report when you book you’ll save £2000, we’ve rounded the price down to £3000 for a 7-night stay from this Sunday, January 31st.

“This luxury chalet has four bedrooms and four bathrooms and comfortably sleeps 8 people. All bedrooms have flexible bed arrangements, with twin beds that can also be made up as doubles. Two of the bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms, and there are an additional three separate WCs. The lower ground floor of Chalet le Bornian has one bedroom with a bathroom, a sauna and a laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and boot dryer.”

  • ON SALE: 20% off all January bookings now available on our offers page here!
  • “Short breaks” (special three or four-day prices) are available all winter INCLUDING FEBRUARY

Book here NOW!

Enjoy Chamonix,

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Monday 31st December 2018

Weather and Snow Conditions

A high pressure system is reeling in 2019 with buckets of sunshine across the Alps. Temperatures are colder this week than last week, so make sure your skis or board have sharp edges to rip up the pistes with speed, style and most importantly control! Chamonix-Meteo predicts fair sunny weather from New Years day all the way through to the weekend.

With clear skies and abundant sunshine, it’s another ideal week for sight-seeing at the Aiguille du Midi, see our blog on “Unmissable viewpoints” here.

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Picture: J.Bozon

Pick of the Pistes

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This week we recommend the views and high altitude pistes of the Grands Montets (3300m), where there is now something for all the family to enjoy. This year the top lift access for Grands Montets (and the black slopes accessed from it) will not be available this winter, however, all other lifts and pistes at Les Grands Montets are now open. Including some brand new enquipment in action. Our blog about “what’s new this winter” explains:

“This winter sees the fruit of some serious investment which has been taking place at Grands Montets, to the tune of €10 million. The opening of a new, fast 6-person chairlift replaces the Tabé and the old and rickety 2-seater Marmottons chairlift – your calves will be thankful! It will also allow for access to a new beginner ski area from the Grands Montets mid-station, along with drag and beginners’ lifts.”

The new beginner-friendly zone at Grands Montets means there is now the perfect variety of terrain, pistes of every level, for the whole family to enjoy a day skiing at one of Chamonix’s most popular ski areas.

For ski touring fans who wish to “skin” up the home-run this week, please note that piste grooming will now be taking place after closing (5pm-9pm). This means you will be able to get perfect corduroy on your morning hike up the “Pierre à Ric” (home-run) for sun-rise sessions.

This week in Chamonix

  • Monday December 31st: New Years Eve Events
  • Folie Douce Chamonix: “The Black Out Party” a special all night long event begins at 10pm and goes all night till 3am. Don your best glow-in-the-dark clothes and makeup because it’s blue-light all night!
    Tickets cost €20 including a shot, and are available on the door.

  • Cool Cats Hotdogs: Live music, hot dogs & bubbles! From 5pm, there will be live reggae and funk tunes with Rich and his acoustic trio, DJ OG will then take over the music from 8pm. Then between 12pm and 3am in the centre of old town Chamonix the team will be serving half-price prosecco in the outside bar all night.
  • Bighorn Bistro: “Electro Swing Jazz Soirée” is 10€ on the door. Swing in 2019 with some killer electro jazz tunes with DJ Lady Eliza, along with 1920s cocktails, bubbles and the craftiest beer around.
  • Kitsch Inn Les Houches: “1950s Rat Pack NYE dinner party”, a fantastic 5 course set menu followed by live entertainment from the Rich Rat Pack at 10pm.
  • Chamonix Casino: “Dancing Dinner” welcomes you for a night of glitz, glam and games. The luxury set menu (drinks not included) is 95€.

For more information on New Years Eve events in Chamonix click here

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  • Wednesday January 2nd: New every Wednesday join the wildest night of the week at the Folie Douce Chamonix for the weekly “WTF” party where costumes are encouraged and anything goes! A spectacle of music, colour and happiness with drinks, dancers and the signature Folie Douce fun.
  • Thursday January 3rd: The instructors of the ESF Chamonix descend the Planards piste at 7pm. Admire the snaking line of monitors flood the mountainside with lights and enjoy mulled wine, music and family time.
  • Plus: The Air-Bag is now in action, located Brévent slopes, you can have a go at the jump and access a video of your attempt with the use of your ski-pass online here

Chamonix All Year Specials

With the new year comes 20% savings off all January bookings, now available on our offers page here!

Don’t forget this winter our calendar is compatible with “Short breaks” (special three or four-day bookings) with unique prices available all winter, even in school holidays such as February.

Browse our properties here

Enjoy Chamonix,

From Kirsteen and the Chamonix All Year team

Monday 7th January 2019

Weather and Snow Conditions

A low-pressure system is moving in from Scandinavia bringing with it some fresh snow fall tomorrow and Wednesday. Chamonix-Meteo predicts 5-10cm around 1200m altitude Tuesday with strong North North-Westerly winds. By Wednesday as winds rise, so too will the amounts of fresh snow especially in the powder stashes of Northern facing slopes. Thursday a rapid cold snap drops temperatures more than 10degrees below zero, preserving the powder in perfect visibility and slightly calmer winds. Friday, and throughout the weekend, temperatures are rising again, however remain below zero. Perfect conditions for making artificial snow, but also with more fresh natural snow on the ski-pass forecast.

Today the weather was reported from the Cascade de Bérard, a big thank you to all the volunteers who work hard to maintain these artificial ice walls throughout the season. While the site is completely natural the ice growth is complemented with regular water flow from above, fed from a series of hoses and pipes. Book your own ice climbing experience in the Chamonix All Year Resort shop here.

Pick of the Pistes

With vast South facing terrain La Flégère is our sunniest ski area, with skiing for every level. There’s plenty of snow cover high at altitude where Flégère has some famously steep runs from the Floria drag lift (téléski), however (unlike at Grands Montets) the home-run is not yet open.

You can access Flégère directly by way of the cable car departing from the village of Les Praz. Alternatively, La Flégère is easily accessible from Le Brévent by skiing across via the ‘Liaison lift’ that links the two.

The village is recommended for children aged 5 – 12, with adult supervision.

Thea and Gemma are both three and love it. Gemma is wearing her new ski suit from Dino ski wear, who make fun but practical ski clothing for kids (that they are actually excited to put on!).

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Picture by: Dino ski wear Instagram

This week in Chamonix

Tuesday 8th January: Ice Hockey Match

les Scorpions de Mulhouse take on home team the Chamonix Pionniers at 8.30pm
The match is free for under 8 year olds, 10 for kids and 14 for adults.

Tuesday 8th January: Relais des Chamois – ski touring race at Les Planards

This night race is open to teams of two, helmets and night lamps are obligatory and so is a team costume!

You can sign up on the spot at 6pm (with an extra 5€ fee) but please note if you do not have a ski licence you will need to purchase a day licence for 6€ which requires a doctors note no more than a year old saying that you’re A-OK to ski, as per strict French racing rules here.

The race categories are as follows: [Men, women and mixed]

– Youth (minimes, cadets, juniors) from 2005 to 1999.

– Seniors from 1998 to 1980

– Veterans 1, 2, 3 (1979 and before)

All in all, the price is roughly 50€ per team (2 people) with dinner included.

Programme:

6pm: competitors meet at the restaurant at des Planards

7:15pm: briefing

7:30pm: start of the race

8:30pm: meal served at the restaurant and awards ceremony

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th January: Kandahar Junior Cup

The fourth edition of the Kandahar Junior race takes over the ski area of Les Houches this weekend. Specifically, the very same ski piste (Kandahar) where the world’s best downhill skiers regularly meet for the Kandahar FIS world cup races. This weekend’s event will bring together the best under 14 teams from the foremost European Alpine skiing nations. Join the action and cheer for your home country!

Chamonix All Year Specials

February is on sale now – SAVE a minimum of 20%! Including half-term school holidays.

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Our best selling properties, like Chalet La Source above, will move quick at these rates so contact us today with your travel dates. We’ll send you bespoke special offers for you and your family. [short breaks are available]

Book here

Next report : Monday 14th January 2019

See this week’s snow report on the dedicated Chamonix Snow Report page.