Opening weekend in Chamonix... Sunshine Saturday; snowfall Sunday!
We now have daily skiing in the Chamonix valley, at Brevent, Flegere, Grands Montets, and Les Houches.
The opening day, Saturday, was beautifully sunny, and nice and cold. I went to the Grands Montets, and the conditions there were excellent. The snow coverage is pretty good, considering we haven't had so many storms, and there was some fluffy powder to ride on the mountain (with some rocks underneath at this time of year!). Pistes were firm, and the new Tabé chairlift was up and running fast. The Bochard was also open, and access is from the Plan Joran gondola while we wait for the cable cars to be rebuilt.
Then it snowed overnight on Saturday night, and today has been mostly cloudy, with some snow showers (snow line about 2000m). I went to Flegere to see how things were going there. There is quite a lot of snow there too, and overnight was about 20cm of fresh snow. There had been a temporary spike in the rainline some way above 2000m overnight, so the new snow was thick, wet and heavy, but that is good for building a snowpack! The index was closed for avalanche danger, but over on the Brevent they had the Col Cornu running, as well as the Bochard on the Grands Montets.
Tonight there is supposed to be more fresh snow, and with a clearing trend tomorrow, this week is looking great. Just be careful of the rocks underneath the snow off-piste, and of avalanche danger! Le Tour is still closed, but due to open next weekend, and the Aiguille du Midi should be re-opening on Thursday for sightseeing.