Chamonix Ski Conditions 1st January 2018

New Years Day-no skiing for me

Below is a link to a short video of the run

NM Les Contamines

NM

The weather and snowfall in the last week has been very strange. It has been cold with loads of snow until a few days ago. On Saturday 30th December the weather changed when a violent storm hit the valley unfortunately coupled with high temperatures. It rained constantly  in the valley for 12 hours causing carnage on the roads. At higher levels significant snow has fallen accompanied by high winds. I haven’t skied since then but understand the the pistes are in good condition if a little hard lower down. The snow quality off piste is poor and at higher altitude the avalanche risk is high. This week promises more of the same and as I write this 15 cms has fallen this evening. It looks like a good day tomorrow! Unfortunately there is more rain to come on Wednesday and Thursday.  High winds at altitude are also promised.

Prior to the rain we enjoyed powder days on the 28th and 29th. Les Houches on Thursday, more or less first lift, allowed us to ski under Prarion Gondola for first run. If you havent skied this line there is only one essential- First Lift. Good conditions but skied out within the first hour. Second run on the same face through the trees. A bit of bushwhacking is required to find the glades.

Once you reach the first road cross over and ski to the rubbish bins on the second road. A five minute walk ( to your right) allows you to rejoin the piste back to the Prarion Gondola

Friday brought a return of sun, powder and a return to Les Contamines. It was -13 in the car park and a pretty epic morning. We were fortunate to ski a new line which I will call NM after the French guy ,with local  knowledge , who led us down, broke trail on the walk out and was generous to share the run.

Half way down NM

 

 

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