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CMB opening the valley on Saturday 9th for the season.

Trebles all round.

https://my.meteoblue.com/visimage/meteogram_14day?look=KILOMETER_PER_HOUR%2CCELSIUS%2CMILLIMETER&apikey=5838a18e295d&cache=no&city=Chamonix&iso2=fr&lat=45.923801&lon=6.869330&asl=1060&tz=Europe%2FParis&lang=en&ts=1512646108&sig=925dc2fd95d0d93be05b831c6d1daf6a
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Le tour 2 days ago, scratchy but nice



Needs the promised "more snow"
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Did a few runs up Les Houches. Up top cover pretty good, loose probably 40cm deep. Not quite enough to cover all the terrain under chairs, etc. but very good.

Lower slopes hardpacked and mix of man made and natural. Unsurprising.

Blue to Prarion complete and wide to bottom.
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Did a short tour off the back of Les Houches, going in knee deep or 2/3 of my pole (125cm) while skinning.

Agree with @under a new name, about the rest of the conditions.

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@Idris, my wife hates touring Sad it is probably my fault.

Nice piccy.
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Grand Montets was open and incredible. Lognan and Plan Jouran (eventually) opened and Bouchard all day plus freezing chair Montettes and Tabe. Very good on piste, rocky off. Plenty of wind at top of Bouchard. Great day...
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@Robin_C, busy?

I wanted trees as the vis wasn’t so great. It was never going (for us) to be a huge ski day snowHead
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Fair shout. Today's a bit of a washout right?!
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Bluebird, untracked knee deep powder, solo.



in les Houches, no lift lines either Wink
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So from anyone that’s out there, is there any indication of when the arête down from aiguille du midi to the vallee Blanche may be roped up and open? Heading over the last weekend of jan and would love to give it a go!
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@MountainIdiot, that’s slightly early for the VB to be “open” but with all the early snow you may be OK.
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Has the cable car to the top of GM been open at all this season? Every time I look at the list status it seems to be closed
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@On the rocks, they were planning to open today whenI looked. No idea if they did or not.
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Can you still pre book the top lift of GM and if so, does anyone have the online link?

Thanks
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On the rocks wrote:
Has the cable car to the top of GM been open at all this season? Every time I look at the list status it seems to be closed


Rode it yesterday, no queue late afternoon. Blowing a hoolie at the top, but very well worth it!

As for booking, there are time slots displayed at the base. I'm using a M-B Rapidcard, one of the benefits is not paying the Top premium. Another benefit was avoiding the huge queue for tickets at Les Houches this morning. It appears many in the valley had taken that option with the uncertain lift status higher up.
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I think about 50cm fresh in my garden at 1,100m. I have not seen as much snow in 11 years. Ever.

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That said, not much will be opening today...
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I think about 50cm fresh in my garden at 1,100m. I have not seen as much snow in 11 years. Ever.

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That said, not much will be opening today...


Any expectation what will be open next weekend?
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@Gustavobs, no idea.

Weather forecast somewhat complex with expectations of disturbances passing through all week.

Les Houches probably. Who knows what else Puzzled

Are you contemplating a cheeky trip?
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@under a new name, got my short warm up trip for the season from the 5th to 8th Jan. With the amount of snow I have been seeing was expecting more open areas...
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Verbier typically open more and faster than Cham if you have flexibility. Everything was open yesterday. Closed below 2500m today due to avi 4
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@BobinCH, why is that d’you think?
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@under a new name, Swiss efficiency and a lift company acutely aware of the increasing competition for skiers would be my guess
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@Gustavobs I might have mis-understood your question, but next weekend everything could be open or just Les Houches. If you looked at the openings yesterday morning ( https://www.skiplan.com/bulletin/bulletin.php?station=chamonix&region=alpes&pays=france&lang=fr ) you'd have seen not much open, but that was just due to the amount of precipitation we were having in Chamonix.

Verbier does generally open quicker than Chamonix, but it seems to get less snow and has easier to secure terrain than Chamonix were every area except Les Houches has multiple avalanche paths crossing pistes that all need to be secured and that takes time.
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Grum p wrote:

Verbier does generally open quicker than Chamonix, but it seems to get less snow and has easier to secure terrain than Chamonix were every area except Les Houches has multiple avalanche paths crossing pistes that all need to be secured and that takes time.


Verbier got less in this last dump but more last week. It seemed to have more snow all of last year. Be interested in the official figures but doubt there is much difference. I used to ski a lot in Chamonix but got tired of the queues and find Verbier a much better overall experience, the lift system and mgt being probably the biggest factor.
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@BobinCH The official figures are a bit tricky as Chamonix has a range of 1000 to 3800m, whilst Verbier is 1600ish to 3300 so the figures online generally aren't for comparable altitudes, however, Verbier is in a bit of a snow shadow where even nearby places like Les Marecottes get more snow from the majority of storms.
Anyways, for a quick and unscientific random site from the internet comparison, flick between these 2 sites and see the snow depth difference:
https://www.igluski.com/ski-resorts/switzerland/verbier/snow-history
https://www.igluski.com/ski-resorts/france/chamonix/snow-history

Digging out the details from Argentiere/Grand Montets would probably be a fairer comparison being 1400-3300, but I didn't google for that Laughing

Also, snow depth is only 1/2 the story. The pistes are definitely better maintained in Verbier which will make the skiing better for anyone not fussed on the steep and deep, and that's much more important than the actual depth.
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Which area / lifts is most likely to be open 4th to 6th Jan - just working out where to base myself (Les Houches / town / Argentiere) for a few days quick ski, and given the forecast.....
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@ChrisKernow, when there’s been a big snow fall often only LH is properly open, given the forecast it might be a safe option. You can always get a bus up the valley if you want.

If you want to safely try out your touring rig there’s a skinning track through the woods at both LH and GM.
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@jbob, thanks. LH it is.
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So our chums dragged our sorry, hungover erses out of bed for at least a little Jan 1st ski. Torrential rain as walking home last night (this morning) did not augur well, but a dusting of snow underfoot suggested it might be better than expected.

50:50 cloud sun also didn’t appeal, but there was a hint of blue at the bubble and maybe we might break through.

And, the Flegere benne was bust, so if the liaison wasn’t rammed, maybe we’d catch something fun...

OMFG. Chust sublime.







They hadn’t pisted anything other than Index since last night so even on piste it was about knee deep and fluffy.

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@under a new name, wow nice NYD present! We had a measly couple of cm’s. How much has fallen this afternoon/evening? Maybe we should pay Vallorcine a visit.... and do you know if there is somewhere that gives the updated status of the montets pass?
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@under a new name, unreal wasnt it? we were the amongst the first people up GM and kept expecting it to get skied out, but until 1230 we were skiing untouched lines - I did top of Herse through the bowls and variant hotel (2600m to 1600m) without touching another set of tracks. All those poor hungover people taking a lie in vs probably the best powder conditions in 4 years.

@BobinCH, chamonix-meteo has a link to road conditions and passes. As a rough rule of thumb, anything over 50cm or avi 4 means the Montets pass likely to be shut. Monday (yesterday) morning I estimate 10-15cm on the car and 50cm at 2800m. Below 2200m it rained on saturday and there's probably 20-30cm of Sunday nights snow on top of a hard layer of ice; the powder is very light so I was frequently going through to the ice.
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@snowdave, thanks. How much more this mornings g. We have about 20cm since it started yesterday evening but looks like you got more 👏
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@BobinCH, sorry, flew back to UK last night so no update! However, it was dumping when I left around 4pm, and very heavy rain all the way to GVA.
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@under a new name, wow nice NYD present! We had a measly couple of cm’s. How much has fallen this afternoon/evening? Maybe we should pay Vallorcine a visit.... and do you know if there is somewhere that gives the updated status of the montets pass?


https://www.chamonix.com/road-conditions,10,en.html

This is usually upto date.
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@jbob, thanks for that. Finally decided to stay this side and head for Bruson. Should be a great day in the Cham forests!
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@BobinCH, haven’t been out yet but we walked home about 9pm with a good 15cms...surprised you got so little!
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@under a new name, Cham (and France in general) is doing much better from these Westerlies. We had to make do 😉

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I'm on my way home now, after a great week in Cham - the snow yesterday was fantastic at Brevent. Only 2 lifts open (bubbles up, and the main chair), but it was quiet, and there was a huge amount of new snow. Great day to finish with Smile

Unfortunately I was one of the hungover people in bed on the 1st (accidentally, it wasn't planned!), so missed that. But yesterday made me feel better snowHead
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