It is getting to that time of year when all the long range weather forecasts start to appear. Despite a mild (and lovely) Autumn so far, rumour has it that we are in for another harsh cold winter – possibly even colder than last year. This of course bodes well for those of us who enjoy skiing!
The evidence for this?
Well, firstly the holly bushes are apparantly weighed down with unusual amounts of berries, which is meant to signify a harsh winter to come.
Secondly, the waters around Cornwall have allegedly been cooler than usual this summer. Since these waters are fed by the gulf stream, and since the gulf stream keeps Europe warm during winter, then a cooler gulf stream could mean a colder winter.
I don’t know whether these are old wives’ tales or fact so if anyone can shed any light on the matter, I’d love to hear from you!
There are a few new developments in Chatel for this coming winter:
1) The owner of the Tunnel Bar and Le Flambee pizzeria has bought and refurbished Le Chesery bar (right in the centre of the village behind the town hall). Le Chesery promises to offer great cuisine throughout the day. Its open grill kitchen will be serving breakfasts through to early evening snacks and evening meals in a relaxed and sophisticated environment.
2) The Tunnel Bus will be running again this winter – a free service picking up clients from their chalets and taking them directly to the Tunnel Bar, Le Flambee or Le Chesery. As last year, the bus will also be giving clients a lift back home at the end of their evenings. An additional service offering pick ups from Pre La Joux can take you straight to Le Tunnel or Le Chesery pub for apres ski drinks.
3) The old “Bon Menargerie” restaurant next door to the Pierrier is under new management and has been completely refurbished. The “Escalier” promises to be a trendy bar restaurant serving up a varied selection of world cuisine throughout the day.
4) The difficult steep road up to Petit Chatel (outside the Credit Agricole) has been completely dug out and is currently being re-built. This should solve the problem of cars sliding down the hill into the main road. We have also been promised water features and heated stairs, making the walk from the bus stop to the Super Chatel Telecabine a lot easier…and you get to walk past Le Chesery!!!
The new Chaux Fleurie expree 6 man lift from Lindarets to Chatel seems to be almost complete. The cable has now been attached so all it needs is the chairs attaching and it is just about done!
From a distance, it looked as though the new Combes lift back up to Linga is in a similar state of completion.
There is more good news – the Grand Plan piste down to Lindarets from Chatel has been widened again and now has snow cannons all the way down it…