After the last few days of stormy weather, the forecast is now better. Since last weekend there has been about 30cm of new snow at 4000m and about 10cm at 2700m. At altitude, the snow is very windblown and the tracks have disappeared, for example on the Tacul. The rock routes have a dusting of snow and will need a few days before they are dry again.
Activity in the high mountain is gradually starting again.
- Albert 1er Sector: The approach to the hut remains by the moraine. The normal routes on the Aiguille du Tour, Tête Blanche, Petite Fourche and the Table Ridge (Tour) should be feasible. The Forbes Ridge looks to be in condition.
- Argentière Sector: No information.
- Couvercle Sector: This morning (7th June) there was 10cm of wet snow at the hut. Skis or Snow shoes are no longer necessary so long as one is away and back early enough. The lower part of the Whymper is dry with danger of stonefall. It is too early in the season for rock routes in this sector.
- Torino: 20cm of new snow with a wind predominantly from the North. Parties left this morning for the Dent du Geant and the Aiguilles d’Entrêves. The “Panoramic” bubbles are due to start running on Thursday (8th June).
- Cosmiques: about 20cm of new snow with strong winds this morning, mainly from the west. The Laurence Ridge, the Cosmiques Ridge, the Pointes Lachenal traverse and the Chéré Couloir are all feasible. Take care, there is a lot of unstable snow on the slopes of the Tacul.
- Grands Mulets: about 15cm of fresh, melting snow. The traverses from the Plan de l’Aiguille and the Bossons glacier remain OK but it is necessary to carry the skis in several places and some sections on the glacier require care.
- Goûter: several parties left for the summit this morning. The Bellevue cable car is due to open on Saturday (10th June), which will make the approach to the normal route up Mont Blanc easier. The cable has not yet been re-installed for the traverse of the Grand Couloir.
- Les Conscrits: conditions are looking good. Parties left for the Bérangère this morning. The summer approach to the hut, (via the suspension bridge) is open but crampons and ice axe are essential. The approach by the glacier remains feasible but it is necessary to go to the very end of the “Mauvais Pas” to cross the torrent.
Conditions on the hiking trails have not changed much with problems starting above 2200/2300m. Good equipment is needed, especially for the Tour of Mont Blanc (TMB), i.e. good mountain boots, hiking poles, gaiters and possibly crampons. The Col du Bonhomme, the Arp Vieille traverse towards Chécrouit and the Grand Col Ferret are the crux sections.
Above the Chamonix valley, the lakes at altitude are still under snow. Nearer to Servoz, the Pormenaz lake can be approached via La Chorde but there is still a lot of snow on the route from Pormenaz chalets.
Some snow patches remain on the Grand Balcon Nord traverse but these should not be a problem for the well equipped walker.
The Planpraz lift is due to open this weekend. There is still a lot of snow in this sector, especially if north facing. Avoid travelling too “light”.