Following a period of winter there was an Indian summer! The start of this year’s ski season has been very strange with big snowfalls interspersed with warm, foehn storms.
Last week was dominated by windy, foehn weather with temperatures well above the norm, (up to 15ºC in the valley and with the isotherm above 2000m, even at night.) For example, it was 6C° at Lognan at 8h00 this Friday morning.
Given this, you will understand that the snow cover has suffered. There is no snow left in the valley floor or up to 1400/1600m depending on the orientation. The ski conditions both on and off the piste are not the best. Hopefully, the forecast for precipitation this weekend will improve this situation in time for the Christmas holidays.
As far as ice climbing is concerned, patience is still needed!
Concerning the lifts, the Aiguille du Midi is now open since Thursday, (weather permitting). The Vallorcine and the Mer de Glace lifts open this weekend. However, the Brevent cablecar will remain closed until January. The "Col Cornu" piste is currently closed due to the threat of unstable snow.