The storm cycle continues across the Alps, with more snow in the Chamonix mountains! The Southerly foehn wind ate some of our snow in the Chamonix valley this week, but not so much higher up, and there has been some more fresh snow above about 1500m on Monday night...
After an icy start to the week in the mid mountain zone on Monday, Brevent/Flegere had mainly soft conditions today, thanks to Monday night's snowfall (which ranged from 20-50cm at 2000m, depending on where you looked!). The pistes especially benefitted from this new snow, and they were great at lunch time today, despite the flat light conditions (it was snowing lightly up there today). There are not so many people around right now, so though there were some icy patches here and there, it was mostly pretty smooth.
We are probably in for some sunshine during the next few days from tomorrow, and then there are some more snowstorms forecast for after the weekend...! There is a complex snowpack and high avalanche risk at the moment, especially since the big storms with lots of rain, snow and wind.
The top of Grands Montets opened this morning after a storm closure, with some deep powder, but the visibility was tricky with high clouds masking the sun.
Elsewhere, Les Houches, though lower down, has kept it's snow, Le Tour got a lot of wind, but is looking nice and white, and over on the other side of Mont Blanc, Courmayeur had a bunch of fresh snow too, and also has some great skiing conditions.
The Vallée Blanche is not ready yet - the storm has created a very complex situation in the high mountain zone, and the rope has not been placed on the Aiguille du Midi ridge quite yet. Contact mountain guides for more information.