As much as we all love the mountains, not many of us stop to think what we might be doing to the enviornment and what we could do to help on our end. Check out Clem's mini-series for eco-friendly options of the mountains.
The Ski Club is proud to be welcoming Tom Clark into the blog family for 2016/17. He will be taking us through the trials and tribulations of buying a holiday home in the Alps throughout the season. In part 1 he takes us through the initial process of choosing when, what and how:
In this post we introduce Alex Potton, the latest contributor to the Ski Club's blog, who tells all about the Chamonix Valley and why it makes the perfect summer holiday destination:
Words by Angelica Sykes – Competitive Freeride Athlete. So the ‘Verbier Freeride Week’ has come to an end and it’s been a mixed bag of freeride emotions. If you’re a snowsports enthusiast, you’ve no doubt heard about the very strange conditions we have been experiencing here in the Alps. Due to this, competitions are being proposed then rescheduled left, right […]
The annual SIGB Ski Test gives UK retailers and snowsports media the opportunity to test kit from a huge range of brands, however the boom in recent years of independent or ’boutique’ ski manufacturers means that it’s impossible to cover every make and model out there. With the improved availability of many smaller brands online, the discerning skier has a […]
It would be almost a crime to live in Chamonix and not ski the Vallée Blanche. I was beginning to despair that this would be a crime I was about to commit… but I’ve now managed to ski three different routes this April. I held back from attempting it previously as you really want to a sunny day to enjoy […]
I’m extremely pleased that I drove out to Chamonix as by now a fair number of people living here for the season are complaining of “Valley Fever”. My little Peugeot 107 has enabled me to get out when I want and explore some of the nearby resorts. Verbier is just over an hour’s drive away and the Mount Blanc unlimited lift pass enables us to ski there a handful of times without paying any extra.
There’s a particular ski area in Chamonix which, until recently, I’d not skied at. Brevent is so close to town it’s not worth driving to and you have to pay to park – but also there’s a rather strenuous hill you have to walk up in your ski boots, carrying your skis which puts a few of us off. But one afternoon in Flegere whilst doing some off-piste from the Lachenal run, I spotted a very nice line coming through a Col from Brevent and enquired what it was…
There’s been plenty of powder steadily floating down into the valley over the last few days… and it has been much needed as after the initial big dump in December, things have been icing up. With so much powder on the way, I was glad I’d already got my avalanche skills up to scratch with an avalanche foundation course run by the Avalanche Academy here in Chamonix.
The snow has been coming down thick and fast in Chamonix over the last few days. My friend from my local climbing club back home drove over on Saturday and after his first run at Grands Montets declared it was the “best powder he’d ever skied in” – and this coming from a serious powder hunter/nerd. Today he declared it was almost too much powder!