Chamonix Conditions Report: Powder Returns!

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Rom Marcucci finding some good snow

The season has been off to a pretty slow start in Chamonix, but things are starting to look up. A couple small systems over the last few days have each left 10-15cm of fresh snow and refreshed surfaces nicely. The sun came out Monday and the winds died down letting us get out and explore away from the lifts, reminding everyone how magical this valley is.

Alpine touring in Chamonix
Lots of people taking advantage of the weather window and fresh snow

Monday morning, the Aiguilles Rouges on the North West side of the valley were loaded with groups heading out to get some fresh turns before things warmed up ahead of the next small system, and brutal winds kicked in. 

Les Grands Montets
Grand Montet and l’Aiguille Verte looming across the valley. Photo: Romolo

The snow wasn’t especially deep but finding the right aspects yielded some great turns without hitting bottom.¬†Skiing off the Aiguille du Midi is pretty much a no-go for the time being with massive crevasses open everywhere and the Vallee Blanche needing a bit more snow to make the link back to Montenvers.

WePowder forecast
Weather map showing the next storm

The first major snowfall since Dec 27 is looking like more of a sure thing now and will go a long way towards opening up more options, bring it on!

Photo Tour

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Buttery turns on a southern aspect with 5000ft left to go back to the valley. Photo: Romolo
Big Mountains of Chamonix
Les Aiguilles and the Mer du Glace
Powder skiing Chamonix
Elise finds an untracked line 100m from the lift, in the afternoon! Photo: Romolo

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