Chamonix.net snow report, February 26th 2020

 

Snowstorm day today!

The sunshine disappeared after Monday, and the clouds got thicker during Tuesday, with some showers here and there. Then there was some fresh snow on Tuesday night: a dusting in Chamonix town, and 20 or 30cm at 2000m, depending on where the wind has distributed it. Now it is snowing in Chamonix town all day, with a lot more snow to come in the next few days...

Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today
Grands Montets today

Today is a big storm day: lots of wind in the mountains, and many lifts closed (due to the wind and avalanche danger), in addition to a temporary region-wide power cut in the middle of the morning, which complicated things!

I was able to get up Grands Montets this morning, while it had some limited terrain open (just the access Plan Joran and the Tabé chairlift), before the power-cut shut things down and the wind increased, forcing them to close down the whole mountain when the power came back on. It was already really windy up there, though, and cold on the chairlift, but the skiing was pretty good. 

The new snow was excellent quality: quite light powder, but supportive where the wind has packed it into bowls and gullies. The underlying snowpack is solid and icy, though, with hidden moguls, and the ice caught me out quiet a bit. Pistes were excellent, and more generally softer. There is a lot more snow to come today and tonight, with another big storm day tomorrow, so the next couple of days should be great, especially when more lifts open when it calms down and they are able to do avalanche control. 

Elsewhere in the valley, the other ski areas have recovered from the power-cut this afternoon, and are open with some limited terrain (small lower lifts in mid mountain).

The weather is forecast to continue unstable into the weekend, but maybe with rain above town level again and snow in the mountains - we shall see, but for now it is full on winter!

 

 

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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