Looking forward 2012/13

Looking forward to Winter 2012-13.

The first day of winter – Saturday 27th October – arrived with cold air sweeping down from Scotland all the way to the Alps, bringing our autumn to and end with a dip in temperatures from high teens down to minus figures. 5-10cms of snow on the Valley Floor 20-30cms above 2000ms.

A good windy start, with a cold North wind just what we need to establish the base for more snow to come.

The Chamonix Meteorologist Jann Giezendanner has given a very promising forecast for the early part of the winter http://www.tvmountain.com/videos/65-meteo.html

Lots of early snow, he even uses words “A Winter as we used to know it”.

Going straight into winter and skiing with good depths of snow, is what dreams are made off.

The Val D’Isere Warm up Weekend (30th November -4th December) and opening the Off Piste runs in the Espace Killy is something we have managed to do for the last 15 years

Skiing before Christmas when Flights are cheap, special offers on ski passes and great skiing is a must  and makes a great start to the winter.

2011/12 Round Up

Last year was pretty amazing; on 28th November we were playing golf in Chamonix but by the 3rd &4th December we were surrounded metres of snow, and it just kept on snowing…

December and January saw endless snowy powder days. Ski Weekend’s guests were all happy with the snow (obviously), but not so happy with poor visibility – time for that new pair of goggles!

The snow was all on the Chamonix side of the Alps for the first time in 10 years. In contrast Courmayeur and the Italian resorts were suffering from not getting the snow from the South so were left wistfully recalling the great conditions which they had experienced over the past few years.

In February it turned very cold, the World  Cup Downhill was run in Les Houches in -25deg. With such low temperatures the technicians had difficulties with waxing to keep skis running fast.  The racers had to wear face masks to avoid frostbite

On Sunday 12th February the temperature were so low that many diesel vehicles gave up the ghost. Apart from the diesel waxing up, the sophisticated engine management systems simply could not cope with the cold. Most car manufacturers have winter testing regimes in the icy climes of the north but this time; Chamonix 1 -Northern Sweden 0.

Somewhat out of kilter with the rest of the year, March was warm and mild but the great skiing and good snow conditions continued with the added benefit of being able to enjoy sunny lunches.

April, it snowed again… and snowed… and snowed… The slopes were empty with epic powder skiing providing endless days of fresh tracks. The only downside was that the deep snow proved difficult for our Haute Route teams and even the Patrol des Glaciers – the ski touring race organised by the Swiss Army – had to be curtailed because of high winds and avalanche conditions.

Sidecut&Rocker

The new Sidecut&Rocker E-Magazine will feature a variety of posts from well known ski instructors and mountain guides, as well as informative articles from within the industry on what to look out  for with the latest advances in ski and ski equipment technology. In the first issue, internationally renowned boot-fitter Jules Mills, from The Boot Room, discusses (not surprisingly) this years trends in ski boot technology, Roddy Willis writes a thought provoking piece on how a more cerebral approach can make a difference to your skiing and we discover what the predictions are for this winter in the Alps.

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Looking forward to another great winter.

Good skiing
Gavin Foster