A spectacular sunny day today, starting off cool, but warm in the mountain for most of the day. There was an inversion of temperatures, which meant that it is colder in the valley bottom than up at 2000m.
Since the crazy high altitude rain event last weekend, we did have a ton of new snow on Tuesday and Tuesday night, and Wednesday turned out to be a stunning sunny powder morning, with light deep powder, around 60cm or so in the Col Cornu and Index zones. We got a strong north wind on Wednesday afternoon, though, which pretty much destroyed most of the powder and exposed the raincrust in places, but the snow coverage is great, and it is generally soft windpacked or sun-affected snow now.
Today was a great day to get up to Brevent and Flegere in the sunshine (remember sunscreen!!!) ... The sky was super blue, and the snow was great, especially on piste. Pistes were really nice and smooth early on, not too hard, and the snow in the direct sun was softening during the day. Some parts were getting scraped to ice, though - it was busy up there, and despite the snowfall during the week, the rain made some solid ice, which is lurking underneath the soft snow.
Off-piste, the raincrust has been completely exposed in some places, especially on steeper slopes, so watch out: it bites!
Even though it was busy, most lifts are open now, which spreads people out.
It is Vallee Blanche season, but conditions are a bit delicate off the Aiguille du Midi at the moment, thanks to the high rain line, especially in the lower crevasse zones and the return to Montenvers, which lost a lot of snow. Talk to a mountain guide for more information.
The weather should be nice this weekend, which is great for the Kandahar ski race at Les Houches, which just has enough snow to take place! Then the weather should continue unstable from Sunday night onwards, meaning a bunch more fresh snow in the Chamonix mountains on Monday and Tuesday... Bring it on!