Chamonix ski instructors

We actually have a really small amount of BASI qualified ski instructors in Chamonix. In fact with a grand total of only around 10, that’s not to mention the couple of Brits who went through the French system. It’s a relatively small community compared with resorts like Courchevel and Val D’sere. Ski instructors come to Chamonix for many reasons. One reason I’m sure is our amazing terrain, it’s so varied … Read More

Chamonix snow conditions

Chamonix snow conditions: Lift opening: As of today the 20th of December Chamonix has begun to open for the 14/15 winter season. Staggered opening of the remaining lifts will happen as and when we get more snow. Currently we have Grands Montets open with everything apart from ‘Pendent’ and ‘Herse’ lifts running. The piste conditions are good and there is some nice skiing on and off trail especially from the … Read More

Expensive is cheap

“The only really satisfactory way to approach the price problem is to ignore it. Good equipment always seems expensive, but whenever you find yourself in a store scowling at a price tag, try to remember that out in the wilds, where money is meaningless, the failure of a single item can easily ruin a trip. It may even endanger your life.” — The New Complete Walker, Colin Fletcher (Knopf, 1968) … Read More

ski lessons in chamonix

Ski lessons in Chamonix If you’re thinking about booking some ski lessons in Chamonix for this coming winter. Let us give you a heads up and the low down to ensure you have the best possible experience. Book Early: To avoid any last minute and unwanted stress, book your ski lessons in Chamonix now. If you plan to come during the school holidays or in Feb  then this is the … Read More

NZ skiing update

NZ skiing update The NZ skiing season so far has been a mixed bag, the slow start has been tough on many ski resorts around the country both North and South Island. Cardrona Alpine Resort has been one of the lucky one’s and managed to keep ticking over since the start. Some short winter blasts have brought with them top-ups over the last few weeks and recent winter storms have … Read More

Tinderbox Video

I’ve finally got round to adding a Tinderbox video page to the site. It’s been a little chicken and egg as I never really had any good ski footage. This season i’ve been getting out with the Gopro  as often as possible and also attempting to get plenty of footage of clients which seems to go down well. The Gopro is super easy to use, I just use a simple … Read More

Avalanche forecast

Here’s a link to the Chamonix avalanche forecast produced by Meteo France. It’s in French but has some good graphics to get the message across. Tip: Look at the avalanche risk on the danger scale and see how that links up to the specific hazards. Example. (very simplified) Avalanche danger scale is 3-Considerable the specific hazards might be poorly bonded resent storm snow on all aspects above 2000m. The risk is … Read More