Real Snow in Chamonix

It has been a slow start to the season in the Northern Alps but at long last winter storms have arrived. More familiar conditions have returned and as I write we are expecting another 40/60 cms of fresh snow today. I think that at least a metre and a half has fallen in the last 7 days and the Valley looks completely different.

Strong west to north west winds have accompanied the storm cycles and this has led to limited lift opening at times. Also many slopes are badly wind affected.

Monday brought 30 cms of fresh snow and we had great tree skiing in Le Tour. Not many skiers on the hill and pretty much fresh lines all day.

James keeping the freeheel faith
North side Le Tour
Tim
More Tim

Tuesday bluebird powder in Les Contamines. In great condition .

Wednesday was stormbound and although we ventured out th wind, snow,strong winds and lack of lift opening drove us home very early.

Thursday brought super deep conditions on the northern slopes and Penny and I enjoyed the deepest snow of the season. Still blowing hard from the Nortwest and very cold.

After today’s fall I think Conditions will be exceptional throughout the Valley. Unfortunately the Italian side seems to have missed out on most of the recent falls.

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