We are always so excited to watch the thermometer drop and see the first snowfalls in the Chamonix valley that we forget that for lots of people, Spring skiing is what they are waiting for.
There’s lots to be said for Spring skiing in Chamonix – there’s a transformation as we head to the end of February and the days get noticeably longer. Once we’re into early March then the sun stays in the valley, making sitting outdoors for apres beers all the more appealing.
The lifts across the whole of the Chamonix Unlimited or Chamonix Le Pass lift areas also open earlier and keep running later. Which, if you think about it, makes it better value for money because you can more uplift and vertical per day for your hard-earned bucks!
There’s rarely a shortage of late season snow around the Chamonix valley, which means you increase your chances of powder filled winter ski mornings and for those who love the butter like texture of spring snow, that’s all yours later in the day.
Arriving in Chamonix for spring skiing also means that for guests who have skiing the Vallee Blanche on their bucket lists, then it can be the best time to ski this iconic itinerary route. It’s one to tackle with a guide and given its starting height, you set off at about 3,800 metres, you won’t lake for snow – quite possibly moving from powder to spring snow along the way.
There’s also a chance that the famous James Bond track, which brings you all the way back into the valley, will be in condition too. It’s an adventure all of its own and brings your total ski kilometres to about 16.
Some of our guests, we know, just adore spring snow. Once the sun hits the piste and starts to transform the crystals, it takes on a whole new texture and changes the ski experience completely.
If you are introducing small children to skiing, then there’s also lots to be said for a trip later in the season. As well as soft spring snow, it’s warmer and easier for them to manage adapting to ski or snowboard boots, lots of clothes and the prospect of sliding down the mountains then higher air temperatures and better visibility can make it all less daunting.
For fans of ski touring, then spring has been the classical time to head out in search of adventures outside the limits of the lifts. From Chamonix that can mean classic routes like the Haute Route to Zermatt, itineraries in the Aosta valley in Italy or shorter day tours into areas like the Berard Valley, the Aiguilles Rouge or this year, to access the Argentiere Glacier without the benefit of the Grands Montets top lift.
It’s also the point at which some people consider the biggest ski tour that Chamonix has to offer. Ascending Mont Blanc on skis is no mean feat and requires serious levels of fitness as well as the ability to ski everything that comes your way from powder to spring snow via sun crust, slush and ice.
We’ve got availability for Spring 2019, so it’s not too late to book and take advantage of a spring skiing break.