So, the first ski race of the season kicks off this weekend up at Le Tour with the Mont Blanc Ski Challenge. At 9am on Saturday morning hoards of keen beans will dash off on touring skis to skin up 1400m in a loop around the Col de Balme ski area. It’s a great event to be a part of and there’ll be plenty of people there to support the racers, so go along and give them a cheer.
Ski touring is a fantastic way to get away from the pistes and lift systems and retreat into the untracked snow of the Chamonix backcountry. You can learn the basics on an introductory ski touring course where an instructor will teach you how to skin uphill, make kick-turns, use couteaux before skiing back off-piste. If you want to take it further we also offer longer ski tour courses of 2 to 5 days, where you’ll get to explore classic Chamonix ski touring routes and learn how to go further off-piste safely.
For those who prefer to take things at their own pace, the Nordic Monster Test will also be taking place this weekend at the Foyer du Fond. From 10am on Saturday you can try out all the latest cross-country ski equipment, completely free of charge. There’s usually a prizes to be won at the tombola, as well as ski waxing lessons, cakes, crepes and hot drinks. Members of the Chamonix Ski de Fond club and staff from Ravanel Sports will be on hand to give you advice and chat about their favourite sport – if you’re lucky they may even take you for a spin around the trails and give you some top tips!
Chamonix has around 20km of groomed cross-country ski trails, through the pine forests of Bois de Bouchet and alongside the river at Desert Blanc – there’s even a shooting range for biathlon training! Cross-country skiing is easy to master and can either be a gentle cruise or a full-body workout, depending on how hard you want to push yourself – book a cross-country ski lesson to get yourself started and find out why we love it so much.
This weekend’s events are only the first of a whole heap of activities both on and off the mountain that will be keeping us busy this winter.
If you’ve not planned your winter holiday yet then don’t miss out, take a look at our Chamonix accommodation before it’s all booked up.