Since Wednesday there was another 40 to 50 centimetres of new snow at 2000m, mostly falling on Thursday and Thursday night, before the sky cleared a bit on Friday.
Friday was a complicated day with high avalanche danger and some clouds, so several of the Chamonix ski lifts stayed closed, but today things had stabilised a bit, and most ski terrain was open, with a few clouds, some sunshine, and some very deep and supportive fresh powder snow.
Flegere and Brevent were the places to be today, as yesterdays closed terrain was secured and opened quite early. The sun was out, and despite some clouds clinging to the mountain, the visibility was mostly amazing, with stunning views and good snow on and off the pistes, which was even better than expected, as the forecast had suggested quite a cloudy day today.
The 50 centimetres of powder at Flegere was deep and creamy, but heavy and very supportive - it was easy to cruise on top of it. It didn't have too much wind-affect, and the coverage was pretty consistent. I didn't ski on any exposed ice this morning! Groomed pistes were amazing - smooth and quite soft. There isn't enough snow to ski down to the valley on the sunny side, but there is tons of snow everywhere above 1600m.
The other Chamonix ski areas have been good this week too, and mostly under sunshine and blue sky today. The temperature stayed quite cold, although the sun was strong as usual.
It is the end of the holiday period this weekend, and already it seems like there are fewer people up on the mountain, although it was still quite busy in places. The weather is supposed to be good again tomorrow, maybe some hazy sunshine, and probably warmer, with some building clouds, and then the next weather system is coming in tomorrow night for Monday and Tuesday, bringing even more snow! There wasn't much new snow at Chamonix town level this week, but it is still mostly white everywhere at the moment.