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plan of action for 1 day solo at Les Grands Montets?

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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
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I skied one day at Les Grands Montets in 2004.  It was my favorite day of the week I spent at Club Med in Chamonix-

 

If staying on piste a guide is not needed, but off piste is a different story- guide and avy gear recommended.

 

A red is probably like an easy black (or possibly hard blue) at Copper.  I`m basing this more on the season I spent at Les Arcs rather than my specific recollection of Les Grands Montets. 

 

It was a warm week in March when I was there and my favorite run was off the tram due to the best snow quality (and possibly a short stretch we did off piste with our Club Med Instructor.  The only thing that I specifically remember is that there was a line for the tram and that some sort of supplemental ticket was needed.  

 

Hopefully a Cham local/regular can chime in with more specific and up to date info.

 

Enjoy!

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For the top cable car at GMs you need a Mt Blanc Unlimited pass - if you buy a "Chamonix le Pass" you will need to buy a top ticket for €10 (or thereabouts...).
 

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Thank you. I am currently in Geneva for my meeting and will drive to Chamonix Friday. Hopefully it will be at least partially open -- today it's open, but last weekend it was closed due to high winds (100 km/hr =60 mph) .
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glad it worked out for you...thanks for reporting back!

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