Bad weather fronts are following one after another and dumping snow down to 2000 / 2200m, sometimes lower.
This morning, Friday, there was about 30cm of fresh snow at the Plan de l’Aiguille (2207m) and 70 to 80cms at the at Grands Mulets hut, (3051m.)
The windows of good weather are very short, making it difficult to find suitable alpine objectives.
Some routes though, like the Pointes Lachenal or the Cosmiques Arete, remain feasible.
No news concerning the gullies, though the Chéré on the Triangle du Tacul looks possible. The new snow has not been enough to compensate for the underlying dry conditions.
The normal route on the Tacul is not feasible for the moment due to the high avalanche risk.
For the moment, only the Aiguille du Midi, Montenvers and Skyway (Italy) lifts are running. The approach to the other areas, for example; the Argentière sector or the Tour glacier, is on foot from the valley.
With the regular snow falls, the upper part of the Valley Blanche is generally in good condition. However, some of the snow bridges are fragile and are masked by the recent snow, as are some of the crevasses. Care is needed. The Col du Tacul was tracked this morning (Friday), with no further information about the descent by the Capucin glacier,
The Mont Blanc was done this morning by the Dôme N Ridge and by the Plateaus route. Despite all the new snow, the ice is never far away, especially on the N ridge.
The N face has been skied recently, no further information
Also, no information concerning Mont Buet. There is a good hour’s walking up the Berard valley before one can put on skis.
The Emosson road opened this evening, Friday 5th May, giving skiers access to the tours starting from the dam.
For hikers, conditions above 1800 / 2000m remain difficult. It is essential to be well equipped, (good boots, crampons, poles etc,) and avoid travelling too “light”.
Even by midday, the snow can still be frozen, presenting a real danger of sliding for the inexperienced or badly equipped.
For hikes below this altitude, there are no obvious problems.
The path maintenance workforce has started for the summer season, but it is still early days, so do not be surprised about the state of certain paths. The Merlet footbridge is in place and can be approached from Les Montquarts. It is not advised to continue towards Bellachat. However, the Aiguillette des Houches is accessible via the Chailloux chalets.
During this interseasonal period, there a certain amount of ongoing forestry work, resulting in some footpaths being closed. Please see: http://www.chamoniarde.com/?p=45 for more information.