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Chamonix Snow Report 20/21

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And now back to the snow reports.

Last nights forecast was for rain (or at least the one I read) - we got a few cm of snow.

It's Saturday so the hoards descend on the piste outside my window, so off to the nordic. Out early enough to be in front of the basher - Freshies



Pow turns are a bit harder when your boots have the structural integrity of soggy trainers Wink
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Skinned up the forest track at Grand Montets yesterday which was very pleasant. Wouldn't advise skiing down the magic forest at the minute as it was pretty cruddy. We went to the mid-station and skied down pierre a ric which was pretty interesting. Very changeable snow with soft chop and icy hardpack coming at you quickly! Dodging the hordes skinning up the piste instead of the lovely forest track for some reason (?!) was interesting as well Very Happy

Was snowing heavily this morning but seems to have stopped now. Lots of rain due so I'm going to try to get out tomorrow before rain (and lockdown part 3...) ruins the fun for the foreseeable future.
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Anke deep light fresh over a lot more but cut up.





Below the road there is just enough to make it down to town.
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We went for a little excursion to Plaine-Joux - and had face shots in places on way down. A nice hour or so up through the trees.
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Now you've hit on something important @jbob. Just a bit disappointed of course to find the ones we usually buy only get 4 stars!
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Nice work.
I’d do it locally but all we have is Greggs!!
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I’m in the UK but looking at the cham meteo you could be on 5/5 by the weekend!
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Yep weather looks crazy for the next few days, torrential rain/snow up high. Snowline looks to be fluctuating all over the place and it'll be unseasonably mild at 1000m Sad

PGHM have essentially 'closed the mountain' as far as they are able. They've said all marked randonee routes are officially closed and they advise against touring at all due to avi risk.
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@Meltus, as of last night up the Prarion piste as far as the Hors Pistes was OK. That may have changed.

Also, I have missed my window for blowing last night’s dry snow. Shocked We’ll see if the blower chains work when they are really needed!
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Yeah I think they've said you can still go to the 1600 restaurant but I can't say I'm enormously up for it. I think they've shut the road to all but buses, possibly from today? Or maybe just the weekend for the kandahar race.

As far as the weather goes it is utterly grim out there. Hasn't stopped raining all day and our road (Prom. Marie Paraidis by the Pelerins train station, is pretty flooded. Was ankle deep just now.
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https://www.chamoniarde.com/#

Good info, some even in English.
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Looks like skyway is opening. VB anyone?
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"Le Skyway Monte Bianco le 11 Février de 8h30 à 15h30 avec une fermeture d’exploitation les mardis et mercredis sur réservation.

Concernant l’accès au Skyway, pour le moment seuls les professionnels de la montagne titulaires d’un forfait MBU année Professionnel Guides seront acceptés sur l’installation et sur présentation du forfait en cours de validité. Les autres titulaires de forfaits MBU séjour, saison et année ne seront pas acceptés."

Arrived this afternoon ...
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REFUGE DE LORIAZ Has opened for take aways.
I love the skin up to the Loriaz. The ski back not so much. From the photos there’s a lot of snow up there.
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@jbob, oh that's excellent news. It's a splendid excursion.
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Everywhere around that neck of the woods is likely to be a bit busy. This morning I received a photo from a friend who lives in Le Buet showing a rammed car park and more crowds arriving. No FOMO for me today. For a change.
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@HammondR, I love the Loriaz. Really nice people running it. I can’t imagine how much snow they must have shifted.
FOMO can’t wait to get back to something like normal.
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https://www.reddit.com/r/skiing/comments/ljnxhx/went_hunting_for_some_birthday_pow_and_found_some/

Grand Montets yesterday - Lognan hut + another 20 mins skin. Snow was fabulous above Lognan. Still good below but you could feel the crud under the powder.
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Skinned up to Lognan hut today in sublime sunshine. Loads of snow has fallen - too much! The ski down was a bit disappointing on my 102mm touring skis as I was thigh deep and could only go in a straight line Very Happy Very Happy Need some powder tourers! Will be good for a couple of days yet I'd hope.

Seemed like every ESF instructor in the Haute Savoie was lapping the Pierre a Ric (serviced by the gondola) today. B*stards! Wink
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Not realy Cham, fromm Col du Forclaz


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Jeees you guys have scored with the snow Very Happy
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@Idris, just about the first thing I have seen on here this winter which has made me feel as if I was missing out. You were obviously blessed with good snow for this time of year.

The section through the woods looks much better than usual, especially in descent. My normal recommendation would be to take 2 cars if possible and leave one lower down at La Caffe which can produce an even better finish (and hundreds of free extra feet of descent). Good oh.
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Skinned up through the forest to the Posettes today. Skinning up through heavy, breakable crust on what was a very windy day didn't do much for morale.

Blowing a hoolie up top and given the poor snow we decided to ski down what would usually be the piste. Windblown powder for about 3 turns before becoming crust again. The actual piste down from the bopttom of the posettes drag was grim icy hardpack, mogulled once you got past midstation.

All in all - pretty uninspiring. Nothing like Idris' run from Forclaz!
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@Meltus, Oops.

We took 3 never before randonneurs up from Maison Neuve to 1,600, mostly in sunshine, snow in great nick, had a nice picnic, and they all loved it. Result.

B-i-L struggled to find skis for them all, Concept rented out +/- whole fleet between last night and this morning, which surprised and delighted them.
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@Meltus, Oops.

We took 3 never before randonneurs up from Maison Neuve to 1,600, mostly in sunshine, snow in great nick, had a nice picnic, and they all loved it. Result.

B-i-L struggled to find skis for them all, Concept rented out +/- whole fleet between last night and this morning, which surprised and delighted them.


I can throw my skis from maison neuve to 1600! Should've got them to start from the bottom like everyone else Wink

Glad they enjoyed it and you had a better day than me!
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Its starting soon. Note restrictions on access.

https://www.chamonix.fr/actualites/1809-remplacement-de-la-telecabine-de-charamillon.html?fbclid=IwAR3fUyMnusvoGBurCRbDJrNQMflmHjbHVUHuKVtTCjUjskZpjb2h-P6L4tY
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Winter came back, so we rushed out before spring took over.


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@Idris, I did spot on the St Gervais webcams this morning that there had been some snow overnight on your next door ridge. (Can sometimes see the west side of Prarion on one of the views, but that was in cloud today). Not sure it will hold for you though!

And for once I don't need to ask where you were.
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https://www.bergfex.com/grands-montets-chamonix/webcams/c9661/
Argentierre looking typically good for late season
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