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Report 31 July 2019

MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS 31/07/2019


Some information for mountain activities

For hikers, there is no longer any snow at the Col de la Glière. There are still some snow patches near the Col de Salenton on the way up the Buet.

There are also still some snow patches in the Emosson area:  There is snow after crossing the dam and at the level of the Col du Vieux.  However, there is a good track.   Elsewhere the snow patches are small and easily bypassed.  The Cheval Blanc and Veudale Gorge are OK.  Near the dinosaur prints the snow bridges are to be avoided, some of which have signs.  

 

Tour Sector

No major changes for this sector.  The crevasses are beginning to open, but not yet posing a problem. The night-time freezing is OK for the moment, given the clear skies.

The Aiguille du Tour by the col supérieur du Tour and the normal route on the Tête Blanche are in condition. There is some bare ice above the Col Blanc and the ridge is dry, (Petite Fourche normal route).

No problems for the S ridge of the Aiguille Pusrtcheller.

A party did the Forbes Ridge on 30/07 but it is very (too) dry.

There is a wide bergschrund on the Trient side of the Col Blanc. The Dorées traverse is best done East to West. (The descent from the Aiguille de la Varappe is awkward in the other direction.)  

Argentière Sector

Hut approach: no problems from Plan Joran and for the ladders, hand line in place.

The Flêche Rousse is no longer in condition. There no problem with the bergschrund for the Aiguille d'Argentière by the glacier du Milieu but there is an awkward pitch on rock just above.  The next warm period will probably put the route finally out of condition

The Jardin ridge remains in condition. (Once the descent by the Glacier du Milieu is no longer practical, it will be necessary to abseil down the S pillar and the “Pirate” route.)

Rock routes: no problems reported.

Charpoua

The Drus traverse is in good condition.  No problems on the glacier, no stone fall reported for the moment.

Rock routes: no problems reported.

Talèfre Sector

The Pointe Isabelle (bare ice on the summit slope,) and the normal route on the Courtes are feasible, given a good night-time freeze.

No recent news, (but expected soon!!) for the bergshrund on the Moine ridge on the Verte.

No problems for the rock routes, (Moine, Nonne, Évêque).

Leschaux Sector

Following the bad weather at the weekend, the N face of the Grandes Jorasses has a dusting of fresh snow.  Some parties on the Walker today, (Wednesday.)  The upper part looks to give mixed climbing.

The snow/glacier approach to the West face of the Petites Jorasses is OK.

Rock routes: no problems reported.

Nobody for the moment on the Périades but the Mont Mallet glacier is likely to be complicated.

Envers des Aiguilles / Requin

A fixed rope is in place at the bergschrund for the République/Grépon Mer de Glace. There is quite a lot of bare ice on the descent of the Nantillons glacier but it is still OK.

No major problems reported for the bergshrunds in this sector, (Subitlités Dulfériennes...). No recent information for the 3rd Pointe des Nantillons.

The approaches to the Dent du Requin and the Pierre à Alain are OK.

The Valley Blanche is being ascended regularly.

Aiguille du Midi Sector

There have been problems with the phone at the Cosmiques hut.  You need to keep trying.

Mont Blanc by the Trois Monts: there is a potentially unstable serac directly above the track leading to the Tacul summit and another affecting the traverse beneath Mont Maudit. Serac collapse is a known objective danger for this route.  It is up to each individual to decide if they accept the danger or not.  It is possible to see the latest image of the N face of the Mont Blanc du Tacul on the webcam for the Aiguille du Midi.  The lower bergschrund is opening up and the is no equipment in place.  The leader should foresee taking two ice axes.  

Since some time, the Cosmiques Ridge has become unstable. This includes the N side and therefore, is best avoided. The Pointes Lachenal traverse is very, very dry

There was a party on the Aiguilles du Diable traverse on 30/07. The approach is very (too?) dry.

Rock routes: no problems with the bergschrunds reported.

Grands Mulets

The hut closes on Thursday, 1st August. The 250m section of ice on the N ridge of the Dôme is covered with snow for the moment.  There have been no recent ascents of this route.

Mont Blanc by the Aiguille du Goûter

The Grand Couloir is in “normal” condition, i.e. dry with not too much stonefall in the morning.

The latest information indicates that the Bosses ridge will soon have sections of bare ice.

Durier / Conscrits

The Durier hut approach from Plan Glacier, including the small glacier, is OK.

The Bionnassay ridge has been re-tracked, (still on snow and very narrow).  There is a thin layer of fresh snow covering the ice section below the summit for the moment.  The ridge remains a snow knife edge.

There is stone fall risk and ice on the descent towards the Col de la Bérangère. Therefore, the Dômes de Miage traverse is best done there and back from the Col des Dômes.  The classic traverse is still feasible for parties of two experienced alpinists. The Mont Tondu is not in great condition but remains feasible, (some ice sections are not steep and others are avoidable.)

Mont Blanc by the Aiguilles Grises

The glacier is OK, the exit on to the ridge is sketchy, (ice). 

Monzino

The rock routes on the Aiguille Croux and the Aiguille Noire de Peuterey seem to be the only options in this sector for the moment.

The approach to the Eccles bivouac is still OK by the glacier but the whole side of the mountain here is subject to numerous stone falls and rock collapses.  All recent parties have turned back.  On the Red Brouillard Pillars, only the Gabarrou-Long and the Anneaux Magiques could be accessible, for those that really want to…

 

Helbronner Sector

Here also everything is very dry. The traverse of the Entrêves or the Marbrées. are still possible. The approach to the Salle à Manger, (Dent du Geant,) continues to get worse, (a lot of rockfall this summer.)

A party did the Aiguilles du Diable traverse on 30/07.  The approach is very, (too?) dry.  The Kuffner Ridge is also not in condition.

The Jorasses traverse remains feasible, descending by the normal route, (still OK on 30/07).  The abseils on the Italian side from the Canzio bivouac have been affected by a rockfall on 24/07. 

No problems with the bergschrunds reported for the Satellites.

 

 

 

Report 19 July 2019

MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS 19/07/2019


Some information for this weekend

Mid Mountain etc.

Good footwear and poles are still recommended, (some snow patches remaining,) for the following outings:

The Albert 1er hut from the col des Autannes

- Tour des Aiguilles Rouges (col de Salenton)

- Buet

- Col de la Terrasse from Loriaz, (the steep part is snow free.)

- upper part of the Tré les Eaux valley

- Vieux Emosson / Gorges de la Veudale/ Cheval Blanc (Dinosaur imprints still partly under snow)

There remains a steep snow field below the Col de la Glière, (the ramp is still under snow.)

There is no longer any snow on the way up to the Jonction, Nid d'Aigle or Tête Rousse.

The traverse from the top of the Plan Joran lift to the Argentière glacier viewpoint is indicated with orange waymarks and is for experienced hikers only.  For others, e.g. with children, it is necessary to descend the ski piste to Lognan and follow the normal way.

Concerning the Tour du Mont Blanc, the variants d'Arpette (suspect snow bridge above a scree slope,) des Fours, and the way up to the Robert Blanc hut (some snow patches above Lanchettes, a lot of snow from the Col d'Enclave and towards the Col de la Seigne), are now feasible for experienced and properly equipped hikers.  

Concerning the Haute Route Chamonix-Zermatt, the Cabane de Pra Fleuri is closed until the 5th August. An alternative is to stay at the chalet de la Barma, (adds about 1h30.)  It is open but the warden is only there at weekends,

The Tour des Dents du Midi is feasible.

Following a small rockfall last week on the route "Bon Voyage” at Barberine, the loose blocks at the 4th belay ledge have been removed.

 

There is still some snow on the Perrons traverser and Aiguille du Van but crampons and ice axe not necessary.

 

High Mountain

A new heatwave is expected by the end of the week.  Be aware of the freezing levels and make early starts.

La Tour Sector

The Forbes Ridge is going out of condition, 70m of ice at the Bosse, (two axes, one technical recommended.) The bergschrund to reach the ridge is becoming more awkward and bare ice is appearing on the descent from the Adams Reilly Col.

The normal routes on the Aiguille du Tour, Tête Blanche, Petite Fourche, Table Ridge, Dorées traverse, Purscheller S ridge do not present any major problems and are popular.  

 

Argentière Sector

The Aiguille d'Argentière normal route remains in good condition, (good footsteps on the final slope; firm snow and no ice.)

The Flêche Rousse ridge has little snow and needs a good level of technique

The Jardin Ridge is being done regularly.

Col du Tour Noir is still feasible.

The Tournier Spur is not appealing, totally dry above the Château.

 

Charpoua Sector

The approach to the hut is free of snow.

The Drus traverse remains in good condition, (the approach and descent glacier is OK.) It is all “go” for the rock routes.

 

 

Talèfre Sector

Here also the main activity is rock climbing: Aiguille du Moine (S Ridge, Contamine and normal route dry, good snow on the approach.)  The Evèque and Nonne-Evèque are popular.

Good conditions reported for the Moine Ridge on the Verte, (the small amount of snow remaining is not causing a problem.)

The Courtes traverse remains popular but is becoming more technical. The descent was reported to be bit awkward.

Nobody for the moment on the Pointe Isabelle.

 

Leschaux Sector

There are always parties on the Walker.

Rock climbing in condition behind the hut, at the Pierre à Joseph and on the Petites Jorasses W face.

Nobody has been on the Périades for a week, (should be feasible if freezing conditions are correct.)

 

Envers des Aiguilles /Requin Sector

The bergschrund for the République / Grépon mer de Glace is still passable on the true right, (a small slab then snow to reach the corner.)

Some of the bergschrunds are at the limit, (California Dream, Subtilité Dulférienne).

The Dent du Requin (Renaudie and Chapeau à Corne ridge) remain feasible.

Ascending the Vallée Blanche to the Aiguille du Midi or Punta Helbronner is still possible but take care with the snow bridges.

 

Aiguille du Midi Sector

A crevasse has opened up on the ridge down from the Aig du Midi, (a plank has been put in place.)

Trois Monts route remains OK for experienced alpinists, (with good cramponning technique.) There is a rope in place to cross the Tacul bergschrund, (small step) and at the Col du Mont Maudit, (however 2 axes are recommended.)

Pointes Lachenal, Cosmiques Ridge and the Midi-Plan traverses are very dry.  

Some parties are doing the Chamonix Aiguilles traverse.

 

Plan de l'Aiguille Sector

Frendo Spur is no longer feasible.

Crampons are possibly useful, (if the snow is hard,) to reach the Rouge de Blaitière pillar.

The Cordier Pillar and Charmoz-Grépon approaches are OK.  The descent by the Nantillons glacier remains OK, (almost totally on snow according to the latest reports.)

As always, care is needed in the descent gully, (normal route,) from the Aiguille du M (crampons possibly useful on the lower part of the Nantillons glacier if the snow is hard.)  

 

Mont Blanc by the Grands-Mulets

This is a good way to escape the usual Mont Blanc crowds. However, it should not be used as a fallback for those that cannot get a reservation in one of the Gouter route huts.  It is for true alpinists seeking adventure and calm

Generally good conditions, the Jonction remains good and the N ridge appears to be OK.

 

Mont Blanc by the Aiguille du Goûter

The base camp is slowly being established and should be completely operational by the end of the week, (5 tents with 8 places, 40 places in total.  Reservations to be made at https://refugeteterousse.ffcam.fr/resapublic.html by selecting "refuge de Tête Rousse" then "Bivouac / camp de base").

Crampons are needed to cross the Grand Couloir.  It is then dry up to the Gouter hut.

 

Miage/Bionnassay Sector

The Col des Glaciers is no longer possible, (large bergschrund under the col).

Some bare ice is appearing on the Mont Tondu but it remains feasible.

Aiguille de la Bérangère is all on hard snow, no ice.

Dômes de Miage traverse remains in good condition, (glacier well filled in and the route well tracked. However, one needs to be competent with crampons for the descent to the Col de la Bérangère).

The Aiguille de Bionnassay traverse still has ice below the summit and the ridge is very narrow but completely on snow.

 

Mont Blanc by the Gonella and the Aiguilles Grises

The route is popular. The glacier is OK.  The exit onto the ridge is a bit more awkward, (climb the rocks on the right)  

 

Monzino Sector

The way up the glacier to the Eccles bivouac remains OK, (there is a fixed rope to reach the glacier behind the hut.)

Conditions are dry with frequent stone fall.

The large gully on the Innominata ridge is completely dry, the route is not recommended.  Likewise, conditions are delicate for the Brouillard ridge (particularly below and above the Col Emile Rey, crampons are first used at around 4600m.) 

Bad conditions reported for the Grand Pilier d'Angle and the Peuterey ridge: there is ice between the bivouac and the col Eccles and the descent from the col to the Freney glacier is very dry. The Freney glacier and the Aiguille Blanche ridge, (still snow on the crest) are OK.  The GPA is totally dry, (unpleasant climbing on sandy blocks etc, then completely on ice with stone fall after 09.00h from the rocks below the summit cornice.)

Care is needed on the approaches to the Rouge and Fréney Pillars (ice present and stone fall but the bergschrunds are OK.)

The rock routes in this sector are OK, (e.g Aiguille Noire, Aiguille Croux).

 

Helbronner / Boccalatte Sector

The rock climbs on the Satellites are in condition. No problems with the bergschrunds for the moment. The abseil descent from the Ottoz route (Pyramide du Tacul) has been re-bolted at 30m stages.  There is also a bolt to protect crossing the bergschrund.

The Kuffner Ridge is very dry.  Likewise, for the approaches to the Diable Ridge and the Salle à Manger on the Dent du Géant, (good conditions afterwards.)

The Tour Ronde remains popular by the SE ridge integral, with descent by the Col Freshfield. However, it is not really to be recommended.

The Aiguilles d'Entrêves traverse is being done frequently (information on the descent from 05/07 ici).

The Grandes Jorasses traverse is in good condition, well tracked up to the abseils from the Canzio, after this the rocks are mostly dry.)  It is popular.

The normal route on the Jorasses is still feasible.  Pay attention to snow and re- freezing conditions.  A bivvy on the summit with a dawn descent is perhaps a solution if the temperatures rise as foreseen.

 

Report 29 June 2019

MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS 29/06/2019


Some (brief) information for this week of the heatwave.

The snow continues to melt at mid-altitudes.  However, the situation has not changed greatly since the last update.

Good footwear and poles are still needed for the Lac Blanc, Albert 1er hut, Lac du Brévent and the Bellachat hut from the Brevent summit.  

Conditions for the Jonction, Tour des Aiguilles Rouges (Col du Brévent and Salenton), the sector Col Cornu/Col de la Glière/Lacs Noirs, the Buet and the Col de la Terrasse are still not good.  (Only for well experienced and equipped hikers.)

On the Tour du Mont Blanc, there is still a bit of snow at the Col du Bonhomme and Grand Col Ferret. The traverse between Arp Vieille and Checrouit is now fine for people with good footwear and poles. The "Ville des Glaciers" side and the Fours variant are now feasible for experienced, well equipped hikers. On the other hand, the Val d'Arpette variant remains too dangerous.

Some sectors in the Houches and Servoz communes are to be avoided due to numerous fallen trees following a storm a couple of weeks ago. (Col de la Forclaz, Grosses Pierres). The “Pistes et Sentiers” team are busy clearing the paths.

 

For the alpinists, conditions are not as bad as expected.  With the clear skies at night, there is some slight re-freezing.  However, this might change as the forecast is for evening storms over the next days.

The rock routes are the best option, (good conditions in the Argentière, Flammes de Pierres/Charpoua, Couvercle, Leschaux, Envers des Aiguilles, Satellites du Tacul, Aiguilles de Chamonix, Monzino, Dalmazzi sectors...).

Certain classic snow routes remain in reasonable condition, (Aiguille du Tour, Mont Blanc, Aiguille de Bionnassay, Dômes de Miage...). The technical mixed routes, however, are not recommended.

For more precise and up to date information on a specific route, do not hesitate to contact the Office de Haute Montagne directly.

Thank you in advance for sending information on your outings to Chamoniarde, to help them prepare the next conditions update.

 

Report 23 June 2019

MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS 23/06/2019


A quick update before the heatwave forecast for this week.

Hiking

The thaw continues and will accelerate with the heatwave. However, snow remains in certain sectors.  

The Tour du Mont Blanc, Lac Blanc, Grand Balcon Nord, Point de Vue (Argentière Glacier) are now accessible to those with good footwear and poles, (soft snow).

Ice axe and crampons remain necessary for those going to Jonction, Tour des Aiguilles Rouges, Lacs Noirs et Cornu, Albert 1er hut and the Buet.

As well as the risk of slipping, care is needed when crossing snow covered torrents as the snow bridges are likely to be weak.

Alpinism

The good conditions are going to rapidly change with the imminent of a heatwave.

The re-freezing is likely to be very poor to non-existent, leading to weak snow bridges, awkward bergschrunds, risk of stone fall and unstable snow slopes.  

The spell of good weather will encourage alpine activity.   Because of the expected rapid change in conditions, there is little point in giving a detailed report of recent climbs.  

Rock routes will probably be the best option in the coming week.  However, some snow routes will still be feasible.  The trick is to make the right choice of route, taking into account the latest information before starting out and making the right decisions whilst on the route.  

With the rapidly evolving conditions, the Chamoniarde team thanks you in advance for sending them information from your outings, which allows them to prepare an accurate update for other alpinists.  

 

Report 17th June 2019

MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS 17/06/2019


Finally, some weather that could be called “summer”.

The snow is rapidly melting from the mid mountain and the trails are becoming more and more popular for properly equipped hikers.  Note: some paths remain unadvisable to non-alpinist hikers. For example, the north side of the Aiguilles Rouges (Aiguillette des Houches from the Brévent, Col du Brévent, Lac Cornu and Lacs Noirs, Col de la Glière, Col de Salenton / Buet), Nid d'Aigle, Jonction, Grand Balcon Nord, Albert Premier, Col de la Terrasse.

With a return of good weather, there is a need for prudence.  The rescue organizations fear there could be an increase in the number of accidents as a result of people slipping on hard snows.  This could be particularly bad because the snow is now in patches, meaning a slide could end up into rocks.  Also, there is a risk of snow bridges collapsing when crossing mountain streams.  

Ice axe and crampons are still necessary to reach some climbing areas in the Aiguilles (The approaches to the Chéserys and Mont Oreb are dry).

In the high mountain, the conditions are now more typical for this time of year.  The snow is firmer, with the recent snowfall stabilizing quickly. It is, however, soft in the afternoon.  Snowshoes are no longer essential.  Generally, the classic snow and mixed routes are in good condition, (assuming a good night-time freeze).   The rock routes on the S faces are Ok but it is still early for the long ridge routes and the N facing rock climbs.

Tour Sector

It is still recommended to approach the hut by the moraine.  The traverse approach from Charamillon and the Autannes chairlift has sections of snow, where a slip would have serious consequences: hikers are advised not to use this option.

Aiguille du Tour and Table Ridge are OK.  There is still some deep snow in the Table Couloir. The normal route is in good condition. 

-Tête Blanche and Petite Fourche are OK.

-Parties went today, Monday, for the Dorées traverse and the S ridge of the Purtscheller, no further information.  

-The Chardonnet is not yet tracked. The snow looks to be stable on the upper slopes of the Migot.

Argentière Sector

The Plan Joran lift and the Argentière hut are open.  Generally, conditions are good. The hut approach is by the winter route and by the ladders, tracked by skis and foot. With skis, the approach is also possible by the Col des Rachasses and the Rognon glacier.

Good ski conditions for the Col du Tour Noir.

The Couturier was done in OK condition, (some ice), the bergschrund goes on the right.   

It is too early for the Tournier (too much snow)). The N faces (Droites, Courtes) are still dry.

The Courtes NE and the Col des Cristaux have purged and look to be feasible (on foot).

Aiguille d'Argentière: this Monday there were parties on the Y couloir and the Flèche Rousse Ridge, (should be in good condition). The Glacier du Milieu looks OK (on foot).

The rock climbs in this sector are drying rapidly.

La Charpoua

The hut is open, (new tel. No.  +33667250866). There is still a lot of snow on the hut approach, not recommended for hikers.

The Y Couloir is still feasible but maybe not for long.  The same is true for the Cardinal and the Sans Nom.

The Flammes de Pierre are very dry.  The Drus traverse is not yet in condition.

Talèfre Sector

Good conditions in this sector. Snowshoes are no longer essential, though the snow does become soft in the afternoon.

The Whymper Couloir, Col Armand Charlet and the normal route on the Droites are all popular.

The normal routes on the Courtes and Pointe Isabelle are not yet tracked but look to be OK.  

The Courtes traverse and the Aiguille du Moine look feasible, (S Ridge and E Face are dry but still snow patches on the normal route, care needed, especially when descending.

Leschaux

The hut is open. There is snow on the Leschaux glacier; the ladders are OK.  The balcon path still has a lot of snow.  It is tracked but wearing crampons and carrying an ice axe is essential.

The snow routes are in very good condition, (SE couloir of the Éboulement and Périades are tracked). The rock routes behind the hut are dry

It is still too early Petites Jorasses. The N face of the Grandes Jorasses is very dry, though still plastered low down.  (It is too early for the Walker.)

Envers des Aiguilles / Requin

The Requin hut is open and the Envers hut opens on the 25/06.

There is nothing special to note about the approach from Montenvers; still plenty of snow.   It remains possible to get to the Requin on skis from the Aiguille du Midi.

The rock climbing areas below the Envers hut are virtually dry.  The longer routes higher up are not yet in condition.

Near the Requin, the Aiguille de Pierre-Alain and the Chapeau à Corne Ridge (Dent du Requin) are dry.  The Renaudie still has a couple of snow patches.

The Vallée Blanche has been ascended on skis though not yet on foot.

Aiguille du Midi

As stated in last week’s bulletin, conditions are awkward on the Cosmiques Ridge near the rockfall zone.  It is now recommended to reach the gap by making an 8m abseil on the NW side and then bypass a pinnacle, still on the NW side, after the gap.

Conditions are OK for the Triangle du Tacul, (need now to overnight at the hut.)  The normal route on the Tacul is tracked both by foot and ski

The Pointes Lachenal traverse is in good condition. 

Midi-Plan Ridge is tracked as far as the Rognon with a descent to the Requin hut.

The S faces are being rock climbed, though some snow remains on the ledges.

Plan de l'Aiguille

The Eugster Diagonal and the Mallory have been climbed.  (It is necessary to either sleep at the hut or bivouac at the foot of the route.) There was a party on the Frendo Spur, even though it is not dry yet.  The Papillons Ridge and the other rock routes in the area are also not dry yet.

Grands-Mulets

It is now necessary to carry the skis for 20 to 30 minutes from the Plan de l'Aiguille.

Crossing the Jonction is still OK.  The conditions on the N ridge of the Dôme du Goûter have deteriorated due to strong winds, (15 m of ice, requires steel crampons and perhaps two ice axes.)  

The N face was skied on the true left, in good conditions.  The Corridor route was also skied, no further info. (Verglas on the Mur de la Côte)  

Mont Blanc by the Aiguille du Goûter

There is still no date for the opening of the final stage of the TMB up to the Nid d'Aigle.

The Nid d'Aigle hut will open on the 19th June. There is still plenty of snow above this, so it is better to via the true right bank of the Bionnassay glacier than via the Barraque des Rognes.

The cable for crossing the Grand Couloir is in place. The snow is hard on the Bosses Ridge.

Plan Glacier / Durier

The approach is by the Moraine de l'Ours with the snow starting around 2630 m. The Contrebandiers footpath, (which traverses in from the Col de Tricot,) is not yet being used; it still has snow patches.

- The Mettrier Ridge has been done in good conditions, (snow all the way).  

- The classic approach to the Durier hut is not tracked but should be OK.  (Up to now, the parties have come to it either by the Mettrier or the Dômes de Miage).  

- A party did a “there and back” and another the traverse of the Aiguille de Bionnassay on Monday; no further information.

Trè la Tête Sector

The approach remains by the Mauvais Pas and the glacier.

Mont Tondu is tracked.

Conditions are good for the Dômes de Miage traverse and the Bérangère.  The snow on the Armancette glacier is very hard in the morning, one needs to be confident with crampons.  

There has been nobody recently either on the Lée Blanche (though a party is foreseen to do it on Tuesday) or the Aiguille de Trè-la-Tête.

Gonella

The glacier is in good condition. The ridge after Piton des Italiens is broad and without ice.  

 

Monzino

The hut is open. There is still a small snow field to cross to reach the hut. Only the Ottoz on the Croux has been done recently.  The Innominata should be feasible, (needs a “hero” to break trail!)

Helbronner Sector

The Tour Ronde (N Face, Gervasutti Couloir, Col Freshfield), Aiguilles d'Entrèves, Aiguille de Toule, Dent du Géant (some verglas on Monday morning) are all in good condition and are being done regularly.

A party turned back on the Rochefort Ridge due to too much snow.

A party is foreseen for the Kuffner on Tuesday.

People are starting to rock climb on the Satellites, even though they is still a bit damp

Dalmazzi 

The hut opens on the 22nd June. There is a lot of snow above 2800/3000 m.  The SE Ridge of the Aiguille de Savoie, (Preuss route,) is in mixed conditions.

Mont Dolent was done 16/06 in good conditions on skis from the Italian Val Ferret, (put the skis on at about 2100m).

 

Snow Conditions 12th June 2019

Some information concerning the amount of snow that has fallen over the last two days

This morning (Wednesday) it was reported:

- Cosmiques Hut: 60 cm on average, wind affected.
- Couvercle Hut: 15 cm, the snow settling rapidly.
- Albert 1er Hut: 40 cm on average, wind affected.
- Conscrits Hut: only a few centimètres due to the strong foehn wind.

- Grands Mulets Hut: 60 cm (wind)
- Tête Rousse Hut: 40/60 cm
- Torino Hut: between 20 and 40 cm (wind)

As activity in the high mountains is only just restarting, there is no information for conditions above the huts.  Be warned, there is likely to be important accumulations of snow in certain sectors due to the strong winds. 

For the moment, (Wednesday,) there is a lot of fresh snow on the rocks in the Aiguille Rouges.