It is opening weekend for the Chamonix ski season, winter 2019-20!
The Grands Montets is open this weekend, with Plan Joran, Tabé, and Bochard, and daily from next Saturday (30th November). There isn't much snow off-piste at the moment, but the pistes are good, as the snow cannons have been hard at work the last couple of weeks.
There hasn't been much fresh snow in Chamonix since my last report: just 10-20cm in the middle of the week, but it has stayed cold enough in the mountains. Yesterday there was a lot of strong foehn wind in Chamonix, which changed the snow situation a bit, blowing a lot of snow around, but Plan Joran and Bochard were still able to open on Saturday, despite the wind-storm.
Today, after all the wind, the off-piste was looking very scoured in places, but the groomers are in great shape, and it was a great morning for some piste skiing, with less wind, and mild temperatures. There had been a couple of centimetres of fresh snow overnight at the top of Bochard. The pistes themselves were quite soft early on, and icier as it got busy later. The weather improved as the morning went on, though.
There is some big snow in the forecast for the middle of this week, so hopefully that should improve the off-piste for next weekend, when we should see daily opening at the Grands Montets, probably some terrain opening at Les Houches, and the opening of Courmayeur on the Italian side, where there is a bit more snowpack at the moment. I will post an update before next Friday, hopefully with some fresh snowfall!