Skiing at Combloux and flannels/washcloths

Recent days have been very similar weather-wise, so this blog is getting a bit samey! Another sunny day and cold to start with.  Today I went to the very quiet ski resort of Combloux; part of the large Evasion Domaine. Previously this whole area was just referred to as Megeve, with Evasion being the name for the ticket that covered all the ski areas. Now, with re-branding, the area is calling itself Les Portes du Mont Blanc.

Combloux hasn’t a great reputation amongst serious skiers; it is quite low altitude and some of the pistes are quite gentle. But with good snow and sunny weather it makes for an excellent days skiing. Admittedly it is not as extreme as Grands Montets but unlike GM it has got something for all skiers, and all four of us in the party had an excellent day.

Combloux claims to have 100kms of piste and has some excellent, long runs; the piste across to La Giettaz is nearly 7 km long, for example. When conditions are right, as they were today, La Giettaz has some very good off-piste skiing and the views from Le Torraz (1930m) are absolutely outstanding on a clear sunny day like today – well worth the trip.

I also recommend the black off-piste run under the Christomet chair lift and the red and black pistes down to Jouty. But there are many other areas that are worth exploring. The Pertuis chairlift has massively improved travelling around the resort, and is a comfortable 6 man detachable lift, allowing a welcome rest and a sun bathe.

After skiing I was lounging in the bath and wondering about flannels, like you do. So I Googled it and discovered that the American term is washcloth, which was news to me. Now, according to Wikipedia,


A flannel, wash cloth, washcloth, or face cloth is a small square about the width of a hand towel, and is used by wetting, applying soap to the towel, and then using the towel to apply the soap to skin. This increases abrasion, and can remove dead skin cells from the skin more effectively than just manual application and rubbing of soap. Although now a fairly dated mode of washing oneself, the flannel is still widely used by the older generation In some parts of the world, washing mitts are used for this purpose.

I have bolded the part that I take an exception to. Can this be right? Well not according to a lively discussion on, which is attempting to see if there is a cultural or geographical pattern to “washcloth” use. By all means check it out if you want to follow the debate or even join in. But if you want to cut to the answer there does not seem to be any such pattern. And from the many responses, which appear to be from young and old alike, “washcloths” do not appear to be an old person thing at all. So I feel this ageist statement on Wikipedia needs to be corrected, and I end this blog not feeling quite so old and out of date as I did earlier.

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2 Responses to Skiing at Combloux and flannels/washcloths

  1. Mrs D. says:

    Combloux may not have a reputation with you, sir, but us other ‘serious’ skiers just adore its scenery, comfy chairlifts, piste quality & variety, mountain hostelries (with their refurbished conveniences, i.e. V&B porcelain), the view of the Chamonix Valley’s Aiguilles, and Mont Blanc’s summit. Best not to enthuse too much, though, in case Combloux is discovered by too many other ‘serious’ skiers.

    • Evan Dobbs says:

      Combloux – agreed Mrs D. from what i remember long ski runs, less lift times equals happy “serious skiers…” more importantly, i seem to go through phases of using hand cloths, flannels… I agree not an older generation thing although 33 on Monday so maybe i slowly but surely becoming part of the “older generation” –

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