For the last few years Grand Montets has offered up a day or two of winter snow at the end of April. Cham Meteo told me last night that 30 to 50cms of fresh snow, heavily windblown, was expected with clear skies first thing today. I wasn’t the only one to read the forecast and wasn’t quite at the front of the queue despite arriving at 08.10
There was a rush for the top bin so I headed for Bochard to be rewarded by 15cms of powder on piste and first tracks bar 2 pisteurs. Pendant Chair is closed for the season and the access to the bowl was roped off. It must have put some skiers off as I had first tracks in Pendant Bowl on the next lap. The snow was windblown so the gullies provided great conditions and justified another lap.
The high winds had scoured Herse and the Canadian Bowl. Clouds moved in. Time to go home.
Its that time of year and the sun has been shining to close off the season in the Chamonix Valley. It has been a long season and looking back it is nearly 5 months since I first put on my skis. I am going to try and make it a full 5 months and to do that I will need to ski on 2nd May. With Grand Montets closing on 1st May that may demand a short tour with no lift access being available other than the Midi. Continue reading “The Season Draws to a Close”
The weather has continued to be problematic. I was hoping that March/April would bring a settled high pressure period with cold nights, blue skies and warm days leading to spring snow and some touring possibilities. Alas no. As I sit here it is very warm, a bit overcast and the valley is suffering from a Föhn wind period. Not great for anything really. Continue reading “A Brief Glimpse of Spring”