It has been raining all day Wednesday and Thursday in Chamonix town, with the same again predicted on Friday, snow above 1400/1500m, and with a short spell of good weather predicted for Saturday before a new wave of active weather, we are looking forward to the next opening day of Grands Montets this Saturday 30th November.
Les Houches were hoping to open some lifts this weekend too, but they don't have quite enough snow yet. On the other side of the Mont Blanc, Courmayeur is supposed to open from Saturday onwards.
So, this weekend should be good for Chamonix skiing (although it might be windy in the mountains). Off-piste is going to be very rocky underneath this new snow, especially as a lot of the previous snow had been blown away by the wind last week. I'm not sure how much new snow there will be, but today some of the mountain webcams were looking quite white, and there were estimates of 20-30cm per day for these 3 days (at 2000m), so we will see. Le Tour village had a couple of wet centimetres this afternoon, but the rainline has been fluctuating a bit around that altitude.
We are not yet quite sure when daily skiing will happen, but it is looking good for the 7th December, when the other ski areas are set to open as well as the Grands Montets (except Flegere with the new lift, which is set for the 14th).
Briefly, I have just read that the Italian authorities have deemed unsafe the high altitude access steps down to the Toula glacier close to the top of the Helbronner cable car, so I'm not sure how that is going to work this winter. Talk to the guides offices for more information.
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