Chamonix.net snow report, April 3rd 2019

 

A mix of sunshine and snow showers today, and big snowfall tonight and into tomorrow! As I write this, rain in Chamonix town has just turned to snow and it is dumping...

Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today - Pierre-a-ric
Grands Montets today - Pierre-a-ric
Grands Montets today - Argentiere
Le Tour and Chamonix Valley today
Storm coming in today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today

The sun was just about still out at the Grands Montets when we got there this afternoon, but the top of the Herse was in the clouds, and there were clouds building from the west. There were a couple of centimetres of fresh snow from last night on the mountain, and mainly the snow was soft: spring snow below 2300m, and fresh snow above that to soften the ice. The Bochard is still being fixed, so is not yet running (update on that later this week, hopefully), but the Herse was open, and there was about 5cm of new snow at the top of it, and snowflakes falling out of the sky to mask the sun!

There was a bit of wind at the Herse, but it was mainly quite warm. The Pierre-a-ric piste was good all the way down to the bottom with slushy spring snow. It was generally pretty quiet on the mountain today, as is the case for most of the week. The other Chamonix ski areas were looking good today, with better visibility, but that will all have changed for tomorrow with the storm...

After a sunny weekend, this week started of with some high clouds and hazy sunshine on Monday and Tuesday, and the spring snow was still good with warm air. Now the weather has really closed in and it is snowing in Chamonix town, this evening, with 30-40cm predicted in the mountains for tonight and tomorrow. We love April in Chamonix! Friday might be sunny, which will be great, with a bunch of fresh snow. Winter is far from over around here.

A little update on Thursday afternoon: it snowed all night, and now in Chamonix town there is more than 30cm of fresh snow, with more like 50cm on the mountain, and it is snowing all day! Sunshine tomorrow (Friday)...! Be careful of high avalanche danger, though.

Chamonix.net snow reports created by Steve Baldwin, skier, monoskier and author: check out my ski adventures book on my website:  snowtalesandpowdertrails.weebly.com

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