Sunshine and spring snow conditions all week in Chamonix. Happy Easter from Chamonix.net!
This weekend we have the last few days of skiing season at Brévent/Flégère, Le Tour, Les Houches, and Courmayeur, which all close after the ski day on Monday April 18th. The Grands Montets will stay open until the 1st of May, with some great spring skiing conditions.
The weather has been warm this week, and slightly unstable for a couple of days with some passing clouds, but now we have more sunshine for the Easter weekend. Snow at Brévent/Flégère softened up fast yesterday and today, with pistes starting off hard at 9am after cool clear nights, and getting quite slushy by noon, but really nice to ski/ride. The snow can get a bit sticky when it is softened by the sun right now, thanks to the sand that came over us in March. Today the groomed pistes were excellent early on. Steeper off-piste zones are not advised at the moment, due to warming avalanche conditions.
Since the Grands Montets is more northerly facing, with some higher altitude, the snow will take longer to soften in these conditions, and it also means that there is more coverage of snow across the mountainside. The piste down to Argentière is still just about skiable all the way, thanks to man-made snow from early in the winter: it was great earlier this week, but it has been warm recently.
We may even have some more powder before the final closing day: there is some possible snowfall forecast for Grands Montets later next week, and you never know what late April weather has in store.