2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

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2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

Postby ChrisC » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:06 am

I was reading some Chamonix snow reports, and it looks like Grands Montets was never able to recover from the fire. Like skiing Jackson Hole without the tram.

https://snowbrains.com/chamonix-area-ca ... fire-open/"

The took the trams off the list on the snow report and put a big yellow construction sign on the trams on the live map.

https://www.chamonix.com/snow-report,89,en.html"

And some up to date info:

https://www.facebook.com/16302577205759 ... 31?sfns=cl"
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Re: 2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Jan 05, 2019 7:47 am

ChrisC wrote:Like skiing Jackson Hole without the tram.

Never been to Chamonix so I can't comment on the comparison; however, I'd argue that JH is very skiable without using the tram. Certainly a lot less efficient to do T2B laps, but still.
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Re: 2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Jan 05, 2019 1:29 pm

This is much worse than Jackson without its tram. On my best ski day at Jackson I never set foot on the tram because there was powder to be had everywhere and I didn't want to waste 45+ minutes in a tram line. The only terrain you lose without it is Rendezvous Bowl. I skied the Hobacks twice on that day from Sublette. http://bestsnow.net/TRsFTO/20060129Jackson.html

The Lognan fire took out two trams, an access tram from the valley floor and the 4,000 vertical tram to the highest point of Grands-Montets. The lower Plan Joran gondola can probably handle the access traffic adequately. But the upper tram is the only access to the Argentiere Glacier. On the other side, the upper Bochard gondola rises 2,700 vertical.

So I'm glad Liz got to experience Grands-Montets in full operation last January. viewtopic.php?f=5&t=12572
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Re: 2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

Postby EMSC » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:25 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:This is much worse than Jackson without its tram.


Agreed. The upper tram was/is a huge part of the Grand Montets. The glacier side runs off the upper tram are spectacular. Reference this pics-post on my TR there in 2012 for Tram pics.

http://www.firsttracksonline.com/boards/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=10070&p=64793&hilit=grand+montets#p64721

Super sad to hear of the fire and resulting damage. Seems like a hugely reduced season for them. Hopefully they were insured.
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Re: 2018/19 Not the Year for Chamonix / Grands Montets

Postby ChrisC » Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:30 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:This is much worse than Jackson without its tram.


Agree too. I guess Kicking Horse with its gondola offline would be worse? :-(

I was lucky to ski Grands Montets last April and able to lap the tram without lines. (Never understood how the tram reservations worked?) Definitely one of the most iconic lifts in the Alps/World - along with the Aiguille du Midi cable car.

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Ski Tracks Map - Turned it on a little late.


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Lower Grands Montets Station


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Upper Grands Montets Station


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Argentiere Glacier


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Summit Station


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Afternoon Light on Grands Montets - Drive to Zermatt


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Alpenglow on Grands Montets - Drive Back from Zermatt
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