I hope to be able to ski 1 day at Les Grands Montets on May 5. I have never been there and will traveling alone.
- Can I go without a guide or local and just follow the crowds if I stay on-piste?
- Some photos and descriptions I found of the Point de Vue run, for example, make it seem reasonable to do alone for the first time. Is this true? I'm not sure how to calibrate blue/red/black runs there compared to, for example, black/double black at Copper Mountain, where I enjoyed Union and Spaulding bowls, but was glad to have a friend with me. I expect that the steep pitches at les Grands Montets may be much longer.
- Should I just head straight for the top of the tram, or is it better to warm up on the runs to the right (West) first? One site said to do Point de Vue early in the morning for the best light.
- I believe that for access to the top of the tram I need to buy at least the Chamonix RapidCard (http://www.compagniedumontblanc.fr/chamonix-rapidcard-1521) but that the Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is not needed -- correct? ANSWER: The Mont Blanc Unlimited pass is needed, or you have to pay a supplement for each ride up the tram. The RapidCard is a rechargeable multi-day lift ticket that has an initial purchase price and somewhat lower daily rate.
Edited by jeff2010 - 5/14/12 at 4:04am