Monthly Archives: April 2010

Chamonix Guiding Snow Report – Season Finale

After a season spent bringing us week after week of amazing footage,’s Seb Montaz is ending his run with a bit of the ol’ steep and deep. This, the final week of Seb’s Snow Report, sees Seb out charging the exposed steeps of the Aiguille du Pouce like a rhino in spring. What a way to end the season.

Bravo, Seb.

Colin & Tormod Ski the Glacier Rond

For those who will never know the totally rad awesomeness of the Glacier Rond, here’s a little insight provided courtesy of Colin Haley’s helmet cam.

Eco Expo Chamonix 2010

Them bees theyz abuzzin'.

Everywhere you look Chamonix is turning green and no it’s not simply because it’s spring. The EcoExpo Chamonix 2010 is happening tomorrow, April 29, at Hotel les Aiglons from 13:00 – 18:30. The expo will feature sustainable products as well as workshops and forums designed to improve awareness of environmental concerns surrounding the Chamonix valley.

And this being Chamonix and all well of course there’s an after-party which will be held at Hotel le Vert starting at 20.00 and featuring a clothing swap, a 3-course eco-friendly menu for €19, Charlie “Bob” Marley DJing, Bodhizapha playing live and a clothing swap which to me sounds like a whole lot of fun and will hopefully get way out of hand.

To learn more check out the website and the Facebook page. Or just go.

Chamonix Guiding Snow Report – 22 April

Yes, yes, yes it just keeps getting better out there. If you thought you had to get above 3000m to find freshies, think again. In this video, snow magnet Seb Montaz scores amazing snow in the Aiguilles Rouge proving once again, you just gotta know where to look.

On the other side of the valley, the crew from Mountain Spirit Guides didn’t do too badly either. Check out the story and photos from their big day out that ended up with a descent of the Barbey Couloir. Not too bad for a valley that hasn’t seen a significant snowfall in weeks.

Eva charging up the Aiguille d'Argentiere.

Wolfgang likes playing with Barbey.

Chamonix Lift Schedules – Spring/Summer 2010

Sunny skies, bare thighs and a fire in her eyes. Gotta love spring skiing.

With the season coming to a close lots of folks are wondering how much time they have to get to the beach and get that summer tan going before it’s time to get back here in time for the opening of mountain bike season. Well fret no more. Here at the ChamonixInsider we’ve done the research so you don’t have to.

The exact opening and closing hours are too convoluted to list so you’ll have to weave your way through the myriad Summer 2010 timetables here if you need to know what time to queue up for first tracks.

And what about Les Houches, I hear you ask. Well, after bumbling around their website looking for the lift schedule (pretty basic info, right?) for 10 minutes I found a calendar of events that didn’t even list the dates and I finally gave up. For info on the Bike Park at Les Houches (except, of course, lift opening dates – grrrrrr), check out this website. C’mon Les Houches, get it sorted.

[ADDENDUM: just got a very brief email from the Les Houches crew. They open June 12.]

And of course, any chance to ski in a silly outfit (other than the one you normally wear) is a day not to be missed. So don’t miss the Freeride Days at Les Grands Montets on May 2nd. Always good fun.