Mountain Conditions 29 May 2020
The latest information before this three-day weekend.
It should be no surprise that it is still too early for the classic walks at altitude, such as the mountain lakes tour, the North Grand Balcon or the Jonction.
In the Cheserys/Lac Blanc area there is still plenty of snow and the lakes remain covered. The northern slopes and the high cols remain present problems as there is still snow on some paths. Care and correct equipment are needed.
The Aiguillettes des Posettes and des Houches, Tête de Balme, Alpages de Loriaz, Planpraz via Plan des Chablettes and the Jovet lakes at Contamines Montjoie offer excellent views without snow problems.
In general, the paths bellow 2000/2200m remain feasible, for example, le Chapeau, la Floria,and Bossons glacier, but check first that there is no maintenance work being done at: fermetures pour travaux..
Overnighting, either a bivouac and in a winter room, remains forbidden for the moment, (and certainly for this weekend). Only day trips are allowed. Hopefully, this will change soon.
Not much has change for the high mountain since the last report, other than ski conditions have deteriorated, the snow being icy below about 3500m.
At Argentière, it is still possible to put skis on at the level of Lognan and get in a few turns.
Albert 1iere sector: it is still best to approach by the moraine. Activity has been reported on the Aiguille du Tour and the Forbes Ridge. The Migot Spur looks feasible.
Last weekend the normal route on the Mont Blanc du Tacul, Contamine-Negri, Pointes Lachenal traverse, Cosmiques Arete, Cosmiques Spur, Aiguille du Midi S face, Frendo Spur and Mallory-Porter were climbed..
The normal route and the N ridge of the Dôme route (ice on the ridge, no information for the Jonction traverse), on Mont Blanc have been done.
The Talèfre sector can be accessed via the Egralets or by the “new” Charpoua/Couvercle approach.
For the Conscrits, the footbridge has been seriously damaged by rock fall; repair is foreseen for mid-June. In the meantime, access is by the Tré la Tête glacier.
For rock climbers: there has been a lot of activity on the valley crags and also on the Aig du Mid (S face) For the climbs near the Plan de l’Aiguille, crampons and ice axe are needed for some of the approaches. For example, the NNE ridge of the M has been done in good conditions, but crampons are highly recommended.
The lifts and huts will open one by one during June/July, depending on the precautionary measures taken for each.
For the lifts: consult the dates here.
For the huts, regular updates are available on the Chamoniarde site: Chamoniarde/huts site.
The Office de Haute Montagne is open to the public Monday to Saturday 9h to12h and 15h to 18h.
A mask is obligatory as is respecting the rules posted at the office. For the moment, it is best to ask for information by phone or email.
The Chamoniarde training courses for this summer are still under review. All relevant information will be posted soon on the Chamoniarde site and on social media.
The Chamoniarde team is looking forward to receiving information from your outings to feed into their bulletins.