Well it rained, and it rained and it rained. An Autumn’s worth of rain in the weekend before Xmas. Depressing. The freezing level hovered between 2200 and 2500 metres. The clouds cleared and Le Tour, Grand Montets, Flegere and Brevent are well covered above 2000 metres. Les Houches a bit sad looking.
Ventured out on Xmas day. Paid for parking at Brevent. Not happy. Skied death cookies all the way to Flegere. Very depressing. depressing. 3 laps off Floria in wind blown, chalky powder restored some faith.
After a dry autumn and high temperatures at long last we have some snow. The local forecast was correct and the weekend storms centred round Argentière and Le Tour. Unfortunately, rain was the order of the day in Chamonix and Les Houches.
It is difficult to see the conditions at Brevent and Flegere but with the amount of avalanche blasting over the last two days I think there will be good snow above mid station.
I think that Le Tour,Grand Montet, Flegere and Brevent will open this weekend. Les Houches looks a bit light on snow. Les Contamines will open for the weekend. Italy, although having early snow hasn’t caught as much of the weekend’s storms.
I skied at Le Tour today. Loads of snow and the pistes will be great for opening day. Off piste was good but needs one more dump to consolidate it.
Negative 10 at the car park at 9am. 20 cars already. Skinned to the ridge above Charamillon and skied the front face skiers left. Great snow but by 1130 the car park was packed. I have seen it less busy when the lifts are running.