Ok, like the rest of the Alps, it’s not been the most snowy start to the season which has meant some people have had to wait a little longer than hoped to try out the new gondola at Argentiere. Yesterday CMB updated the routes open for pisted skiing and have opened other routes for sight seeing only. It currently strongly advises that off-piste skiing is avoided due to thin snow layers.
So the current areas open for skiing are:
Domaine des Grands Montets (Argentiere) for skiers
- New Plan Joran gondola, Argentière – Lognan & Lognan – Grands Montets cable-cars, Bochard gondola, Marmottons & Tabé chair-lifts.
- Ski sur les pistes suivantes : Bochard, Marmottons et une variante des Grands-Montets « départ 3300m en direction de la piste de Bochard par le col des Rachasses »
- Skiing on the following trails : Bochard, Marmottons, Grands Montets variante (Departure at 3 300 m via Col des Rachasses to rejoin the Bochard trail).
Domaine de la Flégère for sightseers & weak skiers
- La Flégère cable-car & Les Evettes chair-lift.
- Skiing on the Evettes trail.
Domaine de Balme (Le Tour) for sightseers & skiers
- Charamillon & Vallorcine gondolas, Autannes chair-lift.
- Skiing on the Caisets trail (return trail from Charamillon to Le Tour).
And for sight seeing and excursions only you have:
- Domaine du Brévent for sightseers ONLY.
- Domaine des Houches for sightseers ONLY
- Bellevue cable-car & Prarion gondola.
- Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers Mer de Glace and Tramway du Mont-Blanc.Planpraz gondola & Brévent cable-car.
Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be be any imminent dump alerts, but it looks as though snow is forecast from 27th Dec onwards, so fingers crossed for more lift opening soon. Little solace if you are there already perhaps, but fortunately Chamonix does have a range of non-skiing activities to keep you entertained when poor snow stops play. You may need to look at the specific winter opening times, but here are a few ideas.