So I just payed for my annual MBU pass this morning. Its gone up €45 from lat year for my general public one. Here’s to hoping I qualify as an IML soon and get to use my carte professional one year…
You gota love it and hate it really. I would never have chosen to move here, but its a hell of place for access to outdoor goodness. Yes the Vallee Blanche is a mogul field unless you can get up in the first few bins on the Midi. But that itself is difficult. And the same goes for Grands Montets, we’ve had tremendous powder days to rival my personal best’s in Austria and other parts of France, but again its so busy. Maybe once they get the new lift built, whenever that will, it will ease the que’s, but still the lure of good skiing straight up the motorway from Geneva will keep the area busy.
And summer wise, the VTT ban sucks, and the purpose built tracks are awful, Lac Blanc is over crowded to hike, but still that view of the Mer de Glace is great!
And yes town is busy in the peak of summer and winter. The carparks are full and people complain of pollution. Tourism and wood burners are both nasty thing’s, but tourism keep’s the Haute Savoie going. The rich will always come and go to the fancy resorts as a new one becomes trendy.
As a base it’s great, there are still trails I’m yet to hike or ride, I’ve only skiied the Cosmiques Couloir once, there are still huts to stay in. Yet alone dipping into the Valais or Aosta Valley, and then of course further afield.
You gota love it and hate it, especially CMB!