Lots of fresh snow, a sunny Saturday, and more heavy snowfall on Sunday afternoon, as the Grands Montets was open for the weekend.
During the 3 day storm in the second half of last week, it must have snowed close to a metre at 2000m, and way more higher up, with a few centimetres in the valley bottom. The difference between last weekend and this weekend is absolutely amazing!
Saturday morning dawned calm and clear after the storm, which was incredible, especially as we had the chance to ride ski lifts under the blue sky and sunny white peaks. The snow was way better than I expected, and it turned out to be very supportive over a lot of the rocky parts, quite wind-packed up high, with lighter fluffy snow on the surface - beautiful powder, and even better mid-mountain. The coverage is mostly excellent now, so we are quite well set up for the early winter.
Sunday started off windy in the morning, and then it was stormy in the afternoon, with maybe 20 more centimetres of fresh snow predicted (at 2000m) during the day. Pistes were quite soft, and there were less people up on the mountain. Bochard was open, but quite foggy this afternoon.
The next thing we have to look forward to in Chamonix is another re-opening of the Grands Montets this coming Friday the 6th December, and that will be open daily from then on, as well as the Brevent, Le Tour, and probably Les Houches from Saturday the 7th. This week should be quite sunny, and Courmayeur is open daily now, so it might be worth a day trip through the Mont Blanc tunnel.