Winter is here – fresh snow, new ski lifts & Christmas lights in Chamonix

Les Praz church earlier this week / Echo Base
Les Praz church earlier this week / Echo Base

The lifts may not have opened just yet but more snow has been falling and Instagram has been inundated with charming pics of Chamonix looking like a Christmas card.

The snow line has been coming down tantalisingly low, with the snow pack settling at about 1200m so far; there is apparently about 50cm at the 2000m level so the base is looking good for this time of year!

Christmas lights & snowy peaks
Christmas lights & snowy peaks

Possibly just as exciting (depending on your point of view) is the news that the cherry pickers have been trundling round town, stringing up the Christmas lights! They’re not lit yet, the big switch-on won’t be until December but it still feels very festive.

With all this early snowfall there’s been talk of early lift openings… we can’t confirm anything yet but when we do, you’ll be the first to hear about it. The first areas to open are Les Houches and Les Grands Montets on 6th December. The new lift station at Les Grands Montets is coming on nicely and the new gondola cabins are waiting to be put to the test before they officially open to the public.

Fresh tracks up at Le Tour / Alison Maher
Fresh tracks up at Le Tour this week / Alison Maher

In the meantime, don’t forget that you have just 3 days left to save a tidy 20% on your Mont Blanc Unlimited lift pass. If your holiday falls between 10th January and 6th February or from 7th March to 10th April, you are eligible for this exclusive early bird discount. This offer is not available online and will not be available when you arrive in Chamonix, so contact us on before 6pm on 24th November to book. The offer is valid on all Mont Blanc Unlimited lift passes, on a typical 6 day adult pass you’ll save 71.20€ so make sure you don’t miss the deadline.

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