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Chamonix & Vallée Blanche in mid-April

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Does Chamonix get any quieter in mid-April (second week)? Thinking about a couple of days there, and doing the Vallee Blanche if the weather is nice.
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It does, yes. To be accurate, it gets quieter after Easter.
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April is the best time 😉
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Excellent, have you guys done the VB around then? I was thinking the 9th or 10th

Just looked up school holidays and found 16th April for Easter holiday end date - is that right?? Seems very late
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@moseyp,
The previous 3 seasons the latest I have skied the Vallee Blanche has been around the 1st May each season. This has fortunately always been in shin deep powder making fresh tracks from Helbronner. That is just the way it happened.

So, in a better snow year the 10th April should be fine in terms of snow cover. As for the snow conditions, a lot will happen between now and then.

Good luck.
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thanks @HammondR, I'm not too concerned about snow cover more crowds - I thought that with the school holidays finishing at the weekend (9th) the whole resort and the VB might be quieter than normal but then I looked up UK school holidays and it appears they go on for another week, up to 16th?

Can I ask as well - is one of the four routes considered the best? I'm not really interested in the skiing terrain (as in I'm happy to ski flatter, more boring terrain for better scenery). Is one more picturesque than the others?

Thanks!
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It’s not busy in April. The later the quieter. All routes are scenic. The main route typically busier and more tracked. The others steeper and need stronger mountain skills if you don’t take a guide. VB should be good into June this year!
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@BobinCH, thanks - def taking a guide. Maybe the Petit Envers du Plan or Gros Rognon - do you know if one would be better for a snowboard?
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@moseyp, none good with Snowboard due to walk out on glaciated terrain. Grand Envers my fave (and shortens walk out) although haven’t been for a couple of seasons. Vallée Noir from Hellbronner also good and means you can get a couple of laps on the Italian side first for a longer ski day - there are some nice couloirs there if you are solid on steep terrain
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@BobinCH, oh really? will have a snowboarder with me. is it unfeasible?
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Seems ok with telescopic poles on Grand Envers route. Bestvto discyss with your guide
http://www.chamonixskiguide.com/snowboard_vallee_blanche_off_piste
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We had 2 snowboarders in our group who "worked up a sweat" Toofy Grin on the lengthy flattish section at the end of the VB, across the Mer de Glace. Our guide asked a couple of us (skiers) to hand over our poles to them, which they managed ok with, while we skated a bit.

The guides office, where you book, will be able to to advise your group further.
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