Aiguille du Midi - 2 section...
Aiguille du Midi - 2 section cable car trip in Chamonix, which starts from the valley floor and climbs to the summit at 3842m (12,605ft ). Visit the summit’s terraces, the tunnel of ice, the lift to the summit, giving exceptional views over the Mont-Blanc massif.
For more pics and info check my "must see" tips.
Skiiing, the NOT industrial way
For some people Chamonix may be considered a "not good station" for skiing, for some others, it's fabulous.
Why those conflicting opinions ? It depends about how you want your ski holidays :
- if you want to go directly fro your hotel to the slopes, to have an unique ski pass for the complete resort, not to have to walk or to take the bus, to be sure the weather will be fine, to have a restaurant a each stop : Chamonix is not for you.
- if you don't mind a bit of walking (and, i must admit a bit of waiting while you are in the valley) but want long, long slopes, good snow, gorgeous sights when sunny, a tiny bit of adventure then it's another song.
For instance the Brévent - Flégère gondola lead you to an extraordinary panorama of the Mont-Blanc range (Mer de Glace, Glacier d'Argentière,Grandes Jorasses, ...) and in summer you can hike to the Aiguilles Rouges from there.
The reformed Compagnie du Mont Blanc is (in 2005) revisiting the lift plans and this may lead to some transformations, their goal is to retake the title of 'one of the 5 luxury stations in France' Skis and what goes with...
sunscreen, glasses, HAT , energy bars, water
Local Extreme Skiers and Boarders show their stuff
UPDATE: Sadly I have found that the Cham Jam on year 15 is being moved to Andorra. There is talk that the moguls competition will still be held, but we shall see as the main organizers are not involved.
This is happening mainly because last year the local authorities closed down the Cham Jam final party, costing the promoters a lot of money (they had all the proper permits and were within agreed noise levels - but someone at one of the hotels complained of noise). It is too bad the officials in this town don't see the value in offering events like this to the youth of Chamonix as this event had been getting international coverage as a music and ski festival!
EVERYONE IN CHAM WOULD BE VERY HAPPY IF SOMEONE ELSE WERE TO ORGANIZE A NEW MUSIC/SKI FESTIVAL IN TOWN!!! BUT MAYBE THIS TIME TRY TO INCLUDE BOTH FRENCH AND UK COMMUNITIES IN THE EFFORT ** END OF UPDATE
The Cham Jam was held each year (for 14 years previous) in early March. It started out as a moguls competition between resort worker/skiers from various area ski resorts (Meribel, Val D'Isere, Chamonix etc.) and became a multi-day music festival and 'extreme' ski/board event. Some of the events held qualified skiers and snowbarders for the Winter X-Games competitions.
There was skier-cross, boarder-cross, moguls (boss des bosses) and a big air competition.
There also was a music festival held in various bars around town each evening.
Fear of height?
Take the cable car, in just 10 minutes, you ride up from the ground to the mid point (plan de l'aiguille) where is about 2317m. The second stage of the cable car ride will take you to 3777m (aiguille du midi summmit). If you take the lift, you can reach the terrace at the summit (3842m, see the sign in the picture). The terrace named for the best view of Mont-Blanc., not to be missed!!
Chamonix Town Center
At the base of the Mont-Blanc. the town village is close to train station, post office, tourist centre, many shops, restaurants and affordable hotels. It's good to relax in this pretty village after a day of hiking.