Some information for the start of the winter season.
The Chamonix Ski Domain:
The Aiguille du Midi cable car, the Montenvers train and all of the Tour-Vallorcine ski area are open from Saturday onwards. There is plenty of snow above 1300m and conditions for skiing and snow shoeing are good.
The Grands Montets cable car will be closed for the season, making the top of the Bochard lift the upper limit of the secured ski area. The “Point de Vue” and “Pylones” pistes will not be opened, this season, making this a high mountain area. This area will not be signposted, checked for hazards or have safety patrols. Despite rumours to the contrary, there will not be a secured ski touring track put in place giving access to this area.
Though the Midi lift is open, it is still too early to ski the Vallee Blanche (weak snow bridges).
The Loriaz hut opens this weekend, the Lognan hut is foreseen to open on Christmas day.
The forecast for the next few days is for warm, damp weather with the snow/rain limit around 2000m. Above this be aware of accumulated snow with the associated avalanche risk.
Ski touring is feasible above 1500m, for example, the Col de Cicle, Col des Dards, Bel Oiseau, Col du Passon, and Col du Tour Noir. No precise information for the Berard valley but it is possible to ski back to the road.
No news for the alpinists, conditions appear to be still desperately dry, (Argentière sector, Chardonnet etc.).
Some of the icefalls are formed at Cogne. (N.B. the Money sector is closed because of a nesting bearded vulture,) and Valsavarenche.