Winter is here in Chamonix!
Last week was unsettled around here, with snowstorms in the mountains, and even some snow down in the bottom of the Chamonix valley. Currently there is around 30-40cm of settled snow at 2000m, with more predicted.
There is a possibility of Grands Montets and Les Houches running some lifts for skiing on the weekends in November (partial opening), from next weekend, the 23rd, and then daily opening will be from the beginning of December (snow dependant, of course). Courmayeur is set to open on November 30th. Full opening of the Chamonix ski areas should be in mid December, with a new lift at Flegere in the spotlight...
The new access gondola for Flegere has been being built during the summer, to replace the old cable car, and it looks like it is almost ready for opening in December! Here is what the top of it looked like yesterday:
It is great to see the mountains white again, especially after another hot summer. Here are some more photos from the Chamonix valley this week: