Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021

 

After all that snowfall last week, we are having a beautiful clear and sunny week, with skiing possible at Grands Montets and Les Houches. The snowpack has settled a bunch since the weekend, and there is quite a nice thick layer of snow on the Chamonix mountains for skiing at the moment. (There is still a delicate avalanche situation in the uncontrolled alpine, however, due to some weak layers.)

Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021
Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021
Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021
Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021
Chamonix.net snow report, 16th December 2021

 

The Grands Montets today was gorgeous, with clear blue sky overhead, and some sunshine in the afternoon. It was quite windy from the north, but the temperature was mild at 2000m and above. The snow was cold and fast on the groomed pistes, and packed, soft and grippy off-piste. It is hard to tell how much snow there is, but there was over a metre of fresh snow falling in the later part of the week last week in the mountains; We had officially 82cm on the ground in Chamonix town last Saturday, with a lot more at higher altitudes, just from those 2 weeks of snowstorms!

Les Houches has a good lot of snow on the pistes, too, and looks great for some lower altitude skiing right now.

This Saturday, the 18th December, marks the opening of the rest of the Chamonix ski area; the ski patrollers and groomers have been up at Brévent, Flégère, and Le Tour, working the snow into skiable pistes. The Aiguille du Midi should be also opening from this weekend, too, for sightseeing (it is too early for the Vallée Blanche at the moment).

Hopefully we will get some more fresh snow soon, but for the moment it should be staying sunny well into next week...

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