There is a possibility of some better weather this weekend which should allow for some activity in the mountains.
Here is some information collected from last week:
- Albert 1er: 15 cm of new snow. Several parties went for the normal route on the Aiguille du Tour this morning (Friday), no other activities reported for the moment. The approach to the hut should only be attempted by experienced hikers/alpinists, as the way from the lifts remains very tricky and requires the proper equipment
- Leschaux: 12cm, calm for the moment. Please do not hesitate to contact the hut warden for more information.
- Requin: 15 cm, the approach via the ladders is in good condition. When the weather permitted, there have been people going up towards the Torino or the Cosmiques.
- Torino: 40 to 50 cm of new snow. The tracks are covered in parts and snow shoes are advisable for this weekend. There were parties this morning (Friday) on the Aiguilles Marbrées and also going towards the Col des Flambeaux.
- Cosmiques: 50 to 60 cm has accumulated over the last 2 days, with a strong wind from the SW yesterday. The Cosmiques Ridge and the traverse of the Pointes Lachenal were done this morning (Friday).
- Plan de l’Aiguille: Very little activity apart from some hikers coming up via the Grand Bois. The Grand Balcon path to Montenvers is not recommended due to too much snow.
- Grands Mulets: About 50 to 60 cm, good conditions for ski touring
- Plan Glacier: 20 cm of snow, no activity at the moment, but if the weather picks up the Mettrier ridge should be in good condition. Access to the hut is preferable from the Chalets de Miage and then the moraine.
- Conscrits: 20cm, no activity for several days. The way up to the hut is still via the glacier. More information after the weekend.
- Tête Rousse: 40 cm of snow. Some people went up to the Gouter today, but the conditions remain difficult. Some avalanches (purges) in the Gouter (Grand) couloir. Above the Nid d’Aigle, the approach to the hut is for alpinists only at the moment, crampons and ice axe essential.
The tramway up to the Nid d'Aigle opens on the 18th June (Saturday).
Concerning hiking, the situation remains awkward in numerous sectors and good equipment is essential for the higher paths, (proper mountain boots, a pair of hiking poles and maybe crampons). Check the conditions before setting out.
Concerning the Tour du Mont Blanc, all the cols are snowed over and can be dangerous if one is badly equipped or in bad weather. The Tricot and Bionnassay footbridges are in place. For the Col du Bonhomme, there is snow from Plan Jovet onwards.
The variants are not recommended for the moment, even if they have been tracked by experienced (and well equipped) hikers. The Tour des Aiguilles Rouges also has a lot of snow and it is better to wait until conditions improve in order to do it safely.
Concerning the runners, (trailers), the route of the Marathon du Mont Blanc is possible if careful but not the du 80 km route. The way up to the Lac Blanc is not recommended for lightly equipped walkers, according to the staff of the hut there.
Please do not hesitate to share information from your activities in the mountains by reporting them on the Chamoniarde website.