After a shockingly rainy May and early June, the weather has finally settled down and summer is in full swing.
There has been a bit of development in terms of trail building for mountain bikers. The Vallorcine downhill trail is once again open and the Vallorcine cable car which accesses it opened earlier this year and one can only assume this means it will close later.
There has been some investment down in Les Houches. I am told that 100,000€ has been set aside for VTT trail building. The early signs are not good though. The trail they have built is very boggy (even after a week of sun) and the berms are badly designed. I think it is an ongoing thing though and it should improve next year.
This years guides have settled in and have learned the major rides MBMB like to take riders on. "jungle" George (don't ask) is the resident flat pedal trickster and Stu is the house whippet.
June 28th 2007
Season has kicked off nicely. Bit rainy last week but the sun is shining today. All the lifts are open now and I am told that work will soon begin on the VTT trails in Vallorcine. The VTT liftpass is now available. It works out at 20€ per day or 80€ for 5 days. For some reason a 2,3 or 4 day pass is not available. If you have ever done the 3CT with us you will remember the Hotel Meyraillet on the lake. Unfortunately it's shut this year so alternatives have been found and it may sometimes have to be a dorm room for 1 night......sorry
8th March 2007
Things are pretty mild here in the Chamonix Valley. There is no snow left in the garden and I reckon that within a few weeks, there will be a few rideable trails on the south facing side of the valley.
The price and coverage of the "Forfait VTT" liftpass hasn't been finalised yet but I am hassling the CMB to give me details as soon as they have them.
21st Feb 2007
The big news is that the lift in Vallorcine which accesses riding in Le Tour is going to be open for mountain bikers this summer.
An article appeared in the "Daupiné" last week confirming this. The article also stated that 2 purpose built trails were to be built to accommodate mountain bikers. This opens up a lot of non pedel riding in Le Tour. Get lift up the front, ride down the back, get the lift back up, ride down the front. Repeat until tired.
November 2006.MBMB are going to offer a Freeride holiday as of 2007.
This has always been possible but was always expensive because a mountain bikers lift pass was not available. We asked the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc what they thought about this and Hey Presto, as from 2007, there will be a "forfait VTT".
The pass will cost about £55 for 6 days (although this is to be confirmed) and will be valid for Le Tour, Brevent, Flegere, Les Grands Montets, Les Houches and maybe the TMB cog railway.