This update is specifically for hikers and snowshoers.
The recent warm, Spring weather has given a false impression of the state of the footpaths.
Do not be fooled. As consequence of the warm days and frequent use, the paths can be very icy, especially the signposted snowshoeing trails. Good, mountain boots, walking poles and crampons are essential, as the possibilities for snowshoeing diminish.
It is also necessary to repeat that the vast majority of the paths at altitude : Lacs Blanc/Chéserys/Cornu, Bel Lachat/Le Brévent, l’Aiguillette des Houches, Buet, Grands Balcons North and South, Tête des Prapators, the Jonction, the Pyramides, Nid d’Aigle etc are to be avoided in winter, as they are too risky and with areas of steepness where a slip would be very serious.
Here is a selection of outings which are possible for the moment, not necessarily with snowshoes, but with good footwear, poles and crampons:
- Lac Vert/Les Ayères/Barmus starting from Servoz or Plaine Joux.
- Chalets de Chailloux , there and back, from Plan de la Cry.
- Chalet du Cerro or Chalet du Glacier des Bossons (but not continuing above).
- Floria, there and back and the Petit Balcon Sud between Chamonix and Argentière.
- Montroc to Vallorcine via Trélechamps and the Col des Montets.
- Flégère, there and back, (but not continuing above), starting from the Golf club at Les Praz,.
- The footpaths next to the ski de fond, (langlauf) tracks from Chamonix to Les Bois, with a possibility to continue to Les Tines and return by the Paradis des Praz, and along the river Arve back to Chamonix.
- Cols Posettes and Balme from Le Tour, (be aware of the ski tourers).
- Chalets de Loriaz , there and back, along the forest road but not the summer path which branches off to the right shortly above Les Granges.
As a reminder, the path to the Chapeau snack bar is closed by council order due to a landslip at the start of the season, which has not yet been repaired.
The conditions are constantly changing, but the above information is likely to remain valid for several weeks.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact a mountain professional, who will help you discover the best areas in the current conditions.