This morning was quite a beautiful calm, cold, sunny start to the day, so we went up the Aiguille du Midi for a Vallée Blanche adventure, to see how conditions are improving up there.
There was some really deep powder left from yesterday, and there is a lot of snow in the high mountain right now (of course, crevasses are still big hazards anywhere off the Aiguille du Midi, as are avalanches). It seems like it is just about skiable all the way down to Chamonix at the moment for the first time in a few weeks, thanks to the recent low-altitude snow, and the Mer De Glace has improved quite a bit (although there are still lots of rocks poking out towards the end, near the Montenvers). Talk to a mountain guide for more information.
I had a great view of the Chamonix valley and ski areas from above, and as you can see from my photos, everything is looking pretty white today, especially above 1800m (photos of the ski areas above).
Tonight the next weather front is approaching us, and tomorrow is forecast to be very unstable, with a rising and falling snow line, quite a lot of wind, and lots more fresh snow above 1500m going into Friday, maybe with some more snow at 1000m too.
Here is a slide show of some more images from this stunning day:
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