After a dry autumn, the snow has started to build up in the Chamonix mountains, starting with a decent snowfall at the end of October, which stayed around on North facing slopes. Some active weather is currently tracking across us, and we had some snow down to town on Friday night, as well as today's precipitation, with more forecast during this week.
Saturday November 24th was a beautiful sunny day, and it was shining bright and white in the Chamonix valley (see photos).
The snow machines have been making snow at the Grands Montets, and they and Les Houches will open for skiing as soon as they have enough snow. The Grands Montets has a new beginners area and high speed chairlift at the mid mountain, and it is ready to go, with access from the Plan Joran gondola. We won't be able to use the main Grands Montets cable cars this winter, due to the September fire, but there will be some controlled ski-touring access from the high mountain to the Grands Montets summit as soon as conditions allow.
It seems like Courmayeur on the Italian side has a bit more snow at the moment, and I will hopefully have some photos from there on the weekend for my next snow report. They are supposed to open on December 1st, so we can access the skiing there with the Mont Blanc Unlimited ski passes, and hopefully the Grands Montets and Les Houches should be able to open up for some skiing soon.
Chamonix.net snow reports created by Steve Baldwin, skier, monoskier and author: check out my ski adventures book on my website: snowtalesandpowdertrails.weebly.com