Les Grandes Montets

Finally, on the last day of skiing, we made it for a day to Les Grandes Montets, which is high (3300m) and has long, long runs. No strikes, no clouds, just great weather and freezing cold (the slopes were in the shade). There was quite a queue to get up in the gondola from Argentière, and we started by skiing some of the blue runs. Took the worryingly named Herse lift up to the start of a long ski out: Combes–Pierre à Ric, right to the bottom of the valley, a descent of 1250m. Great fun and the bottom run, Pierre à Ric was my top run for the holiday—super fast, lots of wide pistes and great snow. I bombed it! Also good fun was the Snowpark, which we rode a few times over small man-made hills. Good fun, but with an audience. There were great views from the top of the mountain (sadly there is a pole in this shot, but we were so high up (2765m) that I had vertigo and couldn’t get close enough to the edge of the piste to frame the shot!)

View from Les Grands Montets

I used the GPS on my phone to plot our morning’s travel, from Chamonix out to the mountain and up and down the slopes. The GPS trail in interesting, but the altitude trail is great and shows how big a descent is possible from this mountain.

GPS Track skiing Les Grands Montents Altitude Graph from the morning on Les Grands Montets

Jay, lunch at Les Marmottons

Salad for lunch at Les Marmottons, at Argentière. Fun service and good, well-priced food. We had rather a long lunch and then headed up for a few more runs, including the Bochard red run. We were starting to feel a bit tired by then, and skiid out in three separate groups, enjoying the Pierre à Ric run while we still had some leg strength Michael and I managed to meet up with Vit and Jay back at Marmottons for a last drink, in the last sun of the day—big beers!

Michael, Vit and Jay final apres-ski beer at Les Marmottons, Les Grands Montet

Graham, Vit and Jay final apres-ski beer at Les Marmottons, Les Grands Montet

More drinks in the evening at the Jekyll, before a fun dinner at Le Boccalatte, where Vit and I shared a brasérade au beouf: a charcoal brazier on the table to roast strips of beef. It smelt (and tasted) great. The restaurant was packed and had a good atmosphere. Vit braved a raspberry sorbet with raspberry liquer, that came with a massive plastic flower and straw in it: they were out in a flash!

Vit's cold framboise sorbet - liqueur