Forever delayed…

Chamonix Bike Rental also rides

I’m beginning to sound like a stuck record (or best-of album), but this blog’s here to give y’all an idea of riding conditions and trails around Chamonix, so I can only say what I see!

Yes, winter is STILL in force in the Chamonix valley.

Sandy on the sunny side of Chamonix, Still winter over on the shaded side

I’ve been back in Scotland for a wee visit (where I got to ride the excellent new Commonwealth Games track at Cathkin Braes, good work guys. Almost made me wish I was back working in Glasgow. Almost) and had expected that upon return to Chamonix the sun would be shining, the air warm and the trails dusty.

No.

It was snowing in town, with it lying on the ground just a few hundred meters higher. The only thing for it was to get the skis back out the cave and go ride some powder.

Jumping for joy at (rare) dusty trails

In the meantime, the valley tracks such as the Petite Balcons, Trois Gullies etc and clear, and it’s only really been a dusting of snow below 1800m so the slightly higher trails will be fine too, just wear more than shorts and a t-shirt!

Angus on the Les Bois trails

With a brief window of sunshine ahead of a forecast 60-100cm of snowfall below 2000m in the next 24hr, a group of us met outside Chamonix Bike Rental in Cham Sud to go for a wee spin round the valley.

Chamonix, does loam too.

Following the petite balcon sud across from Brevent to Les Tine gives a nice chilled out xc ride, and the trails were surprisingly dry. We headed back into town through Les Bois where the weekends XC race has worn in some of the smaller tracks through the trees nicely, plus the in-run to the dirt jumps has been reinstated too. If only any of us could actually do dirt jumps anymore…

Lorne not quite getting dirt jumping...

Another result of the winter that won’t end is that road cols are struggling to open (not great if you’ve got a road bike) and that Les Gets has had to postpone its opening due to too much snow. Which, in the absence of much riding to write about, seems as good a link as any to give you the opening dates for the uplift around Chamonix. Start planning your roadtrips now…

Chamonix:

PRARION: 15th June

BREVENT CABLECAR: 15th June

LE TOUR GONDOLA & CHAIRLIFT: 15th June

PLANPRAZ GONDOLA: 15th June

FLEGERE: 15th June

BELLEVUE: 15th June

TRAMWAY DU MONT BLANC: 15th June

GRANDS MONTETS: 29th June

VALLORCINE: 29th June

And surrounding area :

Grand Massif, 6th July: http://www.grand-massif.com/les-tarifs

La Thuile 7th July : http://www.lathuile.net/datapage.asp?id=200&l=3&s=E

Portes du Mont Blanc, 29th June : http://www.combloux.com/en/activities/summer/pass.html

Pila, 22nd June:  http://www.pila.it/en/holidays/tariffe/tessere-a-punti/

Portes du Soliel 15th June for daily, weekend only from now, maybe (not last weekend!): http://en.portesdusoleil.com/summer-lifts.html

Verbier Weekends in June (when the snow melts) and daily from 6th July: http://www.verbierbikepark.ch/

Last we'll see of the sun for a while

One Comment

  1. Posted on 30th May 2013 at 23:18

    Sweet looking blog Graham, just found you and I’m keen to get into some biking this summer (1st full summer here). Cheers.