Some stories from the mountains this summer:
|Mont Blanc: The Italian side, as seen from Les Arcs|
The dangers of Mont Blanc: 4 die over the weekend, but meanwhile an American climber takes his children up the mountain who duly encounter an avalanche: more here. (Via The Independent)
"An unsubtle game of brinkmanship": Verbier and its neighbouring villages have fallen out over revenue sharing which means that the 4 Valleys are is no more (at least temporarily). (Via PlanetSki)
Still on lift politics, they've been talking about linking Les Contamines and Megeve for 30 years or more. But the new Mayor des Contamines is not keen at all, and seems more interested in linking the resort with the Espace Diamant (Les Saisies, Crest Voland et al) (Via Le Dauphiné)
Although the number of British skiers going to the Alps is down by a quarter since 2007/8, the market for indoor and outdoor recreational slopes back home is growing - by 23% over the last three years, according to this report. Meanwhile Ski Rossendale is planning an expansion of its activities. (Via Ski Club GB & PlanetSki)
September will see the verdict on the "British ski hosting" saga, which is a key test case. The Ski Club of Great Britain has suspended its own ski hosting service for the moment, pending legal advice. On the face of it, this case is not connected at all to that of the British ski instructor Simon Butler who is apparently planning his appeal.
Alpe d'Huez is back on the summer skiing map, bringing the number of French resorts open in the sumer back to four.
On the other side of the valley, beginners and timid skiers in Les 2 Alpes will be pleased to learn that a new easy slope is planned as an alternative to the current treacherous return routes home: (Source: Aurélien de Pierrefeu)