Finally, the storms are over and “here comes the sun” (George Harrison)
However, caution will be needed over the next few days because all that precipitation has affected the conditions. There has been a significant amount of snow above 3000m depending on the sector, (between 40 and 80 cm at the Cosmiques hut and 20 cm the Helbronner) and many slopes throughout the range are heavily loaded. Spontaneous avalanches are already happening . With the rise in temperature, one needs to be very careful in the choice of snow route.
The rain-snow limit fluctuated between 2500m and 3000m.
With the return of the sun and the rise of the thermometer, the rock routes exposed to the sun will dry quickly and soon return to the conditions described in the last update.
The Chamonix Aiguilles of Chamonix were well covered in snow.
The Envers d’ Aiguilles sector also got some snow. However, climbing behind the hut was already feasible on Friday afternoon. Likewise, for the Leschaux hut sector. The granite behind the Argentière hut should dry quickly.
Patience is needed for the big routes (Grandes Courses,) which were plastered.
The Aiguilles Rouges was spared the snow, (just got soaked.)