Well it might not be neck deep and fluffy, but it isn’t bad.
The last week has seen some fairly significant snowfall in Chamonix, mostly falling on Wednesday night and Thursday. Skiing conditions have been pretty good the last few days, with people skiing powder and fresh tracks over in Italy at Courmayeur (see photo of Andy Houseman above) and up the Aiguille du Midi (photo of me below), as well as good conditions found off the top lift at the Grands Montets.
The weather has stayed mixed with little sun and temperatures in the valley hovering around zero degrees. This has meant that the snow that has fallen hasn’t been too affected by the sun, and although it has been a little heavy on the lower slopes, in general the skiing has been very good for the last five days.
Climbing conditions in the mountains haven’t been as favourable, with cloudy weather and many routes looking quite thin. Here’s a moody photo of the East Face of the Tacul from Wednesday the 15th of Jan.
The forecast for the coming week is for more unsettled weather, with some more snow and lower temperatures. Fingers crossed for some more skiing!