At last some snow!
However, the snow is falling together with strong north westerly winds, causing major drifting and making the snow layer very unstable.
Because of the wind effect it is difficult to say how much snow has recently fallen. Nonetheless, the Company du Mont Blanc has estimated 70cms at the Aig du Midi and between 15 to 40 cms at 2000/2500m, depending on the wind and sector.
It is clear that the conditions have changed significantly since the last reports.
Though there is plenty of ice for climbing on the true left bank of the Argentiere glacier and at the Cremerie, one needs to take into account the recent rise in temperatures. Climbing on the true right bank is not practical, due to a high avalanche risk.
We would like to remind you that it is forbidden to ascend the ski pistes, (both open and in preparation,) whether on skis, snow shoes or on foot. Signposted trails for this exist but currently lack snow, with the possible exceptions those starting from Charamillon (La Tour), and Maision Neuve, (Prarion).
The snow shoe trails at the lower altitudes are still without sufficient snow. However, there are trails open at the Prarion plateau and the top of the Bellevue, (Les Houches).
For hikers with good boots and walking poles there remains plenty of trails near the valley floor.
The weather is going to remain unstable for several days, causing further changes to the conditions. After this we expect a lot more activity to report.