A moody ski day above Chamonix today, with better snow than I expected above 2100m.
Merry Christmas from www.chamonix.net! There is lots of new snow above 2100m this weekend.
This morning was warm at La Flegere, with interesting light, before the next wave of weather came in this afternoon. The skiing was good, actually even better than I had hoped, considering that it has been raining at 2000m (rain line spiked up to 2300m or above on Friday night before lowering again to around 2000m on Saturday). The piste was pretty soft above around 2100m, as it had been groomed after the snow line had dropped again. Halfway up Index there had been 20cm or so of new snow since Friday, or maybe more. Off-piste was tightly packed new snow higher up, and rain crust lower down.
Below 2100m the conditions could be described as 'crispy'!
This evening and tomorrow we have more precipitation, mostly with a rain line around 2000m, but slightly higher temporarily (again), before dropping to 1700m or 1500m tomorrow. This means lots more snow for the high alpine, which is what we need, and it isn't too bad for the snow quality and snowpack as I found out today (see photos and video). Tuesday and Wednesday it is supposed to be sunny, so it should be stunning, especially high up. Even Les Houches lower down should have some good skiing, soft in the rain, but with hard icy snow when the temperature drops and it freezes. There is, of course, high avalanche danger off piste everywhere for the next couple of days.