At last the good weather has returned!
Be careful along the valley floor, there is hard packed snow with patches of bare ice on the footpaths. This is the case up to about 1800m
Ski Touring: In the Aiguilles rouges the cols Belvédère – Dards – Crochues Bérard are tracked. Depending on altitude and aspect, the snow can be crusted, and becoming heavy below, 2300m.
The cols Cicle and Fenêtre at Contamines are also tracked.
Aiguillette des Posettes by the Ardoisières : take care at the start, hard snow with frozen avalanche debris, (not for beginners.)
Argentière Sector: The top cable car at Grands Montets is still not open (12th January) due to security checks following the storms. It has been reported that, following 6 days of snow, the cols look to be OK except for the glacier du Milieu.
Clearly, a lot of other ski tours are now tracked, though we have not received any information for the moment.
Vallée Blanche: It is being skied! The ridge is not yet equipped, (some stakes only) and the route has a mountaineering feel to it at the start of this season. The level of snow cover is generally good. The «Salle à Manger » is OK. The way to the Mottets is tracked. There is some verglas on the track down to Chamonix.
Ice climbing: Parties have gone to the Cremerie and Argentiere Rive Gauche, no further information for the moment.
Winter Mountaineering and Gullies: No information for the moment.
This update is brief, and is limited by the amount of information received by the OHM.