Conditions are very much evolving in this period between seasons.
The successive weather fronts have deposited a lot of windblown snow at altitude. The exact amount is difficult to ascertain but was about 40cms above 3500m at the start of the week. The conditions of the mixed climbs are slowly improving, following the exceptionally warm and dry conditions this summer. There is virtually no alpine activity for the moment, given the unstable weather, (some activity on the Cosmiques ridge, Pointes Lachenal traverse and the Entrèves.
Concerning the rock routes, the Chamonix Aiguilles are plastered with snow. If the weather allows, it is possible to climb in the Aiguilles Rouges or on the valley crags.
The hiking trails, resplendent in their autumn colours, are without snow and are feasible.
The Aiguille du Midi and Skyway Monte Bianco cable cars are running until the 3rd November.
The Montenvers train re-opens on the 19th October, (ice cave and cable car remain closed.)
The Planpraz lift will be open from 19th October to 3rd November.
All the mountain huts are closed except for the Plan de l’Aiguille and the Torino, (which both close on the 3rd November.) The CAF mountain huts have winter rooms available.