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Evasion Mont Blanc - Megeve/St Gervais/Combloux/Les Contamines 2018/2019

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Conditions permitting, partial opening on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of December and partial opening from the 15th onwards. General opening on the 22nd of December. Partial closure on the St Gervais side on the 7th of April (Princesse gondola will be closed on the 31st of March) and general closure on the 14th of April. Les Contamines is generally open a week longer.

Some big infrastructure changes are expected in 2019. The TSF2 Chattrix lift in Saint Nicholas will be replaced and on the Megeve side the TSD4 Fontaine, TSF4 Jardins and TK Lanchettes will be replaced by 2 new TSD6 lifts and new TKE1 drag, all in the summer of 2019. In the Arbois sector the Arbois(T41) lift will also be replaced but its not clear yet when that will be.
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Our school breaks for Easter 5th April, so can squeeze last week in
Where did you get information from
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The dates are from the council meeting notes. The lift info was published in the news last week - https://www.ledauphine.com/haute-savoie/2018/08/09/stbma-garde-la-gestion-du-domaine-skiable
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Partial opening from this weekend - https://www.ski-saintgervais.com/en/Ouvertures
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sorry - started an alternative thread earlier this week. didn't occur to me to search back to AUgust!
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Heading to St Gervais in January so I'll be following this thread with interest.

Quite a generous partial opening yesterday - all four sectors of EMB opened. Portes du Mont Blanc looked especially good with Combloux, Megeve and La Giettaz all linked up.

Piles of slush cleared from overnight snow on the webcams in St Gervais this morning (800m) but long since turned to rain. Also now appears to be rain on the EMB summit webcams (c. 1700m).

Compared to the text forecasts I was reading, that suggests an initially lower snowline than expected, but then a bigger rise in temps than expected too.

Freezing level should drop again as the next (cold) front approaches later today, with snow forecast down to at least Megeve at 1100m.

Looks like an unpleasant day for skiing on the webcams but the base seems to have held up OK at most levels.
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Went to Combloux today, skied over to La Giettaz and then back to Le Jaillet. The weather was grey but there was very little rain or snow. Our first day skiing this season so we stayed on blues all day. Snow was fine if you don't mind a few twigs poking through, lower down & on busy sections the cover was quite thin but nothing too bad apart from the Pere Noel run down to the bottom of the Jaillet telecabine...that was not in good shape. Quite a few of the reds & blacks were closed but I think the staff did a great job in getting all the sections opened up. Another 6 inches of snow and it will be sorted!
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This is all sounding good, I've got a 10 day wait
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Question about the Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass - having bought one online from the St Gervais website, do I have to start from St Gervais on my first day or can I start elsewhere (e.g. Les Contamines or Combloux)?
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denfinella wrote:
Question about the Evasion Mont Blanc lift pass - having bought one online from the St Gervais website, do I have to start from St Gervais on my first day or can I start elsewhere (e.g. Les Contamines or Combloux)?


You can start anywhere.
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@22 dropout, thanks, good to hear. Are you sure about that? It's just that in some other multi-resort ski areas - such as Portes du Soleil - you have to start from the issuing resort.
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denfinella wrote:
@22 dropout, thanks, good to hear. Are you sure about that? It's just that in some other multi-resort ski areas - such as Portes du Soleil - you have to start from the issuing resort.


I can confirm that if you purchase an Evasion lift pass in lets say Saint-Gervais that you can use/activate it on your first day in another location e.g. Les Contamines
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Quick ski yesterday afternoon in Saint-Gervais. Unfortunately the rain on Friday and Saturday morning deteriorated the piste conditions considerably resulting in some of even the upper slopes being closed or not in great condition.

It may have better today as it was a touch colder last night however day i went to Les Contamines and it was better than i expected. Decent conditions above 2000m, reasonable if a little crunchy above 1800m and good conditions in the slightly softer snow above 1600m. I even say someone skiing the home run so that must still be ok. Overall a really good day.

More rain expected this evening and overnight with a fairly high rain/snow limit of 2300m at times. However the only solace is that there is some back edge snow expected tomorrow as the system pulls in colder air as it sinks southwards, lets hope so for everyone out here this week.
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@devilabit, We skiied today in St. G/Megeve, very warm and slushy, if it keeps up we probably will skip the last few days as I can't see how they'll keep any runs open. But, we're happy to be here and make the best of it. We might have to trek up to Les Contamines but I was really hoping not to have to use the car at all. (We're staying in the center of St. Gervais and walking across to the Bettex gondola, have skis etc in locker at Claude Penz.) If the temperature would drop, snow guns could fill in a lot...
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@devilabit, thanks v. much. And keep up the excellent reports Smile
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it looks horrible today, lets hope for some overnight snow & blue skies by day.
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Just got back from an afternoon ski at St. G. Snow level is falling, was around 1600 m at 26h30. Unfortunately I think the precipitation is tailing off at the same time. Some decent patches of fresh snow, but visibility was not the best...
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Not much to report, still freeze/thaw cycle with a bit of an inversion, so colder down in St. G/Megeve than up on the slopes. Interesting. Did note lots of people at Les Contamines this morning so I think the snow must be better up there. It's skiable above 1600 m but snow is "hard." Looks like the weather pattern is stuck here for the next 6 days or so. We're off to Chamonix on Sat/Sun but likely only for hanging out. Nonetheless, it's pleasant to ski in warm, sunny weather...
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Been up in Les Contamines today and the snow is holding up really well in comparison to St Gervais yesterday which is hard packed and icy at the moment. Even some of the off piste in Les Contamines is worthwhile and the Veleray button was open today.

High pressure in control for another week so not much change in conditions but there is a possible storm in about a week, far from certain at this stage.
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Skied StG today, was a thin coating of artificial snow over ice sheet, not great. Will try LesC tomorrow
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Have been in LesC for last couple of days. Still skiable down to the village but getting patchy and very icy tonight, with a few stones coming through.
Snow up top is pretty good, a few icy patches coming through in places but good cover and mainly pretty good for hardpack. Carparks busy but pistes feel remarkably quiet, which with the sunshine, is making for some great skiing! Forecast suggests the weather's going to be lovely but the snow conditions are going to get worse over next few days.
Was going to try StG over the weekend but maybe not now, sounds like it may be better where we are!
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I've been following your thread guys, for the last few days.
I'm like everyone else in the SnowHeads ... thinking and fretting and pondering and checking and... and...
Anyway, the conditions don't seem that loverly at the moment .. I hope it improves for you soon.
More important ... I hope condition improve by the time I get there in February with the family.

It seems I've broken into a little enclave of you St Gervais regulars.
I feel a bit shy now ... like some lone stranger listening in on conversation in his own language while riding the chair lift.

Anyway, I'll drop in on your thread now and again, checking the weather.
I'll probably have lots of questions nearer the time. All the usual stuff ... where is this and what times that etc.

Be seeing you!
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I'm another one listening in on the virtual chairlift - heading to St Gervais in mid/late January and hoping we get a bit more low level snow and colder temperatures before then. The forecast isn't without hope, so I'm not concerned quite yet. Will snowmaking be stepped up a notch if colder (but still dry) weather arrives as forecast? And will that be a significant help with conditions? Or is it the areas without snowmaking which are struggling?

On the plus side, we can make day trips to Les Contamines which seems like it's doing as well as much of the NW Alps. As for the rest of the EMB - could be worse, still a fair number of pistes open.

May also slot in a few hours at Cordon on arrival day with the cheaper half day pass if things improve.

It's a lovely corner of the Alps, as previous trips to the Espace Diamant and Grand Massif have confirmed!
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The band of mist has been sitting between 800 & 900 for 3 days, so not nice in the village
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@denfinella, good luck with your Cordon plan. I went to Megeve today and the road from StG to Megeve is closed for repair and the diversion is via Sallanche, it was a busy route
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Saint Gervais/Megeve today. The weather was OK, cloudy this morning, some sunshine this afternoon.
That was the highpoint of the day. Otherwise, one of the worst days I have had skiing.
The snow, what little is left, is rapidly disappearing. Lots of earth and grass showing through, and ice patches inbetween. Early morning had a couple of good runs on a nicely groomed and empty Etudiants. All downhill from there... rolling eyes
Mount Joly lifts closed mid morning due to wind. Very bare down at St Nicholas.
Headed over to Megeve before lunch, got as far as the bottom of Petite Fontaine (after a couple of half decent, though hard and icy patches, on Alpette) just as that closed. And that was Megeve closed for the rest of the day I think. Had to walk down to Caboche and that was closed too.
So back across to St Gervais to huge queues pretty much everywhere, and crappy snow.
I'd estimate half the runs are closed, and looks like it will not get better - no snow forecast for the next several days...good for the sun tan though Very Happy
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I never even bothered today but heard the same from neighbors.
I will admit I’m lucky in that this is the 1st of 6 trips to StG I have planned for this year & this one was all about wife’s big birthday, so skiing was always going to take second place but if it’s your only trip of the year, I would not be rushing back.
I suppose that’s the risk you take to stay in a non soulless resort.
On a side note, took wife over to Megeve today for her birthday present. I always knew it was a money place but today really showed it, I’ve never seen so many Porsche and Range Rocers in one place
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@Jonny996, thanks for the warning about the road closure. Google suggests it'll reopen on Jan 4th - any idea if that's correct? If it's still closed in 3 weeks time that will scupper our plans a bit... not least because we've booked ski hire in Combloux (cheaper)!

Does sound a bit disappointing at the moment. Hope things improve.
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We've been coming to St Gervais for around ten years. Some years December is great, some years it's dire. I'm lurking in our apartment unable to ski as I've just had an arm repaired but it doesn't sound like I'm missing much. My wife and daughter are making the best of what's here.

I'll be fit to ski again when we're back in February - it's usually fine at that time. Hopefully!
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@Snow Monkey, the conditions must be easing your frustration, cannot even stare at the view with this fog.
Anyone been up to LesC last couple of days, is it worth it? Or are queues massive with everyone going up there
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Meanwhile, up the road, most pistes open in Les Saisies which, as usual, has the best snow for miles around. But it'll be very crowded with folk being bussed in.
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Just back from Les Contamines, and considering the lack of snow in the past week or so we managed to get some fantastic skiing in with minimal queuing.
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Went back up to LesC today. Hard and icy but plenty of snow cover. Everything open, even Grevettaz which has been closed until today I think. Skied down to village this evening, a few stones showing through in places lower down. Not too crowded at all (nothing like yesterday!), a really nice day, with a bit of a tan starting! Several very pleasant and empty runs down this morning, a little busier as the day went on.
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Nice to hear Les C is holding up, will head up there tomorrow. Saint Gervais taken a battering last 2 days, getting very thin everywhere, the St Nic de V side awful. The runs around Arbois aren't too bad though considering. Hopefully they'll top it all up with some man-made stuff when the temps drop Weds/Thurs..
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Terrible at Les Contamines today, truly awful, don't go there this week, steer well clear....

Not.

Unbelievable that Les C and St. G are on more or less the same mountain. Amazing conditions up there given the challenges everywhere else. Pistes hard but not icy, plenty of coverage, everything open. A great day on the snow today!
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The top east facing area in Les Contained has some of the most reliable snow in the area. A friend with an apartment in Chamonix told me they would head to Les C when lots of Chamonix skiing was threadbare.
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Wot jma said!

Wonderful day at LesC today. Blue skies and remarkably uncrowded - felt much quieter than yesterday.

It is strange standing at the top of Veleray looking down at the grass and mud in Megeve/StG, then turn around and see plenty of snow on LesC side.

Still quite skiable down to the village.

I think the Col lift broke down late afternoon though (or something happened) - the whole Hauteluce side was shut down around 3pm. Hope they sort it for tomorrow.
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Agreed, LesC was great today. Snow is holding up very well although there was a bit of ice around to keep you on your toes. TSD Col was out of service later in the day, we arrived at it around 3pm so had to join the enormous queue for the Choton drag lift (which lifted me clean off the ground several times) then the Plan drag lift, got back to Signal around 5pm. The setting sun made the mountains look very pretty in the pink light...but we were glad to get down as it was dark by the time we got to the car. Still, a lovely day nevertheless.
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Les C yesterday was a bit grim - whiteout for most of morning & over lunch, no sun on pistes meant they stayed very hard and it was very cold. The Col chair was closed all day too so the only potentially sunny slopes were closed. Col chair was apparently fixed overnight last night and was being tested this morning but with temps so low, and the top lifts already closed or slowed due to wind this morning we stayed in St. Gervais today. They've done a pretty good job of keeping enough open to have a decent day. Even found some nice softish bumps - in between the pistes to the left as you go up the mont joux detachable chair - whereas the area to the right (again, as you go up - with small clutch of trees) was horrible & frozen solid - weird! The steep face off Epaule, whilst challenging, wasn't hideous either and the greens and blues around Mont Rosset and Ideal chairs were cruising nicely. Didn't go down St. Nic de V side as it looked and sounded nasty for any that did.
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