The weather system which brought the flash floods to the French Riviera a couple of weeks ago also brought a huge dump of snow to the Alps. The floods subsided pretty quickly but most of the fresh snow is still here in the Chamonix Valley, which is great news for lots of routes.
Here's a summary of my week - what I've done and what I've seen.
Tony and Mark enjoying the view - Dru, Jorasses and Mer de Glace from above Index chairlift
Start of the week up around Albert Premier and Trient huts
There's lots of snow on the approach to the Albert Premier hut and this continues when you leave the hut to go bag your peak. Right from the outset you're on snow, not the usual stony gravel track.
There are ski tracks everywhere and that's not a bad way to move around at the moment. Now, I don't want to be the harbinger of doom but, unfortunately, these conditions aren't going to last as the daytime temperatures are starting to warm up.
Mid week on the Aiguilles Rouges side of the valley
Looking across to the peaks of le Tour and le Tour glacier from above l'Index chairlift
Again lots of snow and you're probably going to need crampons and axes up there for a while yet, to access some of the rock routes and descend safely.
Aiguille Verte and the Dru with l'Index lift below us
Latter part of the week up around Cosmiques hut
On Friday 25th June this was the state of play up on yonder peaks:
All 3 of these routes looked and sounded in stonking condition
In general, conditions are really, really good for this time of year, especially considering what it's been like for the last few years. If you're on your way here or popping out soon, you're in for a great time. Just keep and eye on those daytime temperatures.
Take care, be safe, do your home work before coming out here and have fun.
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