Chamonix.net snow report, January 5th 2020

 

More sunshine this weekend, and great hardpack snow conditions.

There hasn't been much change in conditions for the last few days, except for it being a bit colder in altitude. Last Friday was supposed to be a bit cloudy, but it turned out mostly nice and sunny during the day.

Brevent today
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Chamonix today
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Le Tour today

Today at Brevent was super nice in the sunshine. The air was quite cool, especially as the "Bise" wind is blowing a bit from the north. The snow on the pistes is pretty hard, and quite fast - it can be icy in places, but there were fewer people skiing today than there has been in the last week. Blue pistes tend to hold great snow in these conditions, with better grip, while red pistes can have icy parts and be lumpier, especially later in the day. Snow in the direct sun is still getting softer during the day, especially on steeper terrain.

Off-piste is variable, sometimes smooth and soft, sometimes lumpy, or hardpacked. 

The top cable car at Brevent is almost ready for opening (They had to replace the cabin with the old one from the Flegere cable car). There is a possibility of it opening up on Wednesday, or later in the week.

Elsewhere in the Chamonix valley things are looking pretty good, and the snowpark is now open at Le Tour.

Of course we could always use some more snow, but for now we have to wait and enjoy the sunshine. The cooler temperatures are keeping the snow coverage good for the moment, anyway, even though the weather is supposed to continue quite stable (some clouds later in the week, but nothing significant in the forecast).

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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