It may be getting harder to find freshies but the first warm, sunny days in weeks means only the most hardcore whingers are complaining.
Chamonix-meteo calling 5-20cm at 1000m with the disclaimer, “Snow amount depending partly on the barrier effect against the northern slopes of the massifs is difficult to evaluate.” Everyone else guessing between 3-7cm at 2000m with nothing else forecast for the next few days.
Did I mention the sun’s out?
Big thanks TV Mountain, Chamonix.net, Fanny Gras and Michel Bordet. Diggin’ the music on this one.
So it’s been a few days since the last snowfall and the latest influx of tourists are wondering where to find the freshies. Lucky for us, TV Mountain and the Te Crew have put together an easy-to-follow, step-by-step video showing us all where to go to find the goods. First, climb the Voie des Suisses (IV, 3, 800m – ‘le plus bel itinéraire de la face’) on the north face of Les Courtes. Don’t forget your crampons.
Then, after a leisurely lunch and massage at the 3-star spa at the top of the route, get yourself ready to shred the sunny south face of Les Courtes which, at 700m of 40-45˚/55˚ (5.2), you’ll no doubt be wondering why you’ve got it all to yourself.
Big up to TV Mountain and Chamonix.net for another fine snow report. Curses to Alexandre Marchesseau, Florent Gex and Luc Mongellaz for making it all look so easy.
There are still freshies within easy reach of the lifts…
… Then again, they’re not called hardcores because of the number of laps they can do on the Brochard in a day.
Big up to Michel Bordet, Philippe Collet, Fred Souchon, TV Mountain and Chamonix.net for a mighty fine snow report.
What a difference a day makes. That and an extra 1500 meters.
Big thanks to TV Mountain, Chamonix.net, Michel Bordet and Romain Aubrun.
Rain to 2400 meters doesn’t do a whole lot for snow quality but hey, we’ll take an abundance of mashed potatoes over 2011’s blue ice and rocks anytime.
Thanks to TVMountain, Chamonix.net and Fanny Gras for another great snow report.
Hey guys, I’m back from dark, snowless Sweden. I know, I know, I missed some epic days but from the looks of the forecast there’s more to come.
And as for what was up there as of yesterday, check out the latest snow report from TVMountain which shows the crew taking advantage of the beau temps to do a lap on the ultra-classic Glacier of Death. ‘Spose the reason it’s called that is because it’s so killer?
And as for that forecast, all we can say for sure is that snow is coming. Chamonix Meteo is calling for 5cm at 1500m today, 25-50cm at 1500m tomorrow while blowin’ a hoolie, and moderate to heavy precip with rising temps on Saturday.
Then there’s Snow-Forecast predicting 67cm at 2440m through Saturday morning. And the Chamonix Tourist Office calling 71cm through Saturday night.
Looks like the fine crew over at TVMountain.com will be picking up where Seb Montaz left off by filing regular video snow reports throughout the season thanks to support from Chamonix.net. This episode we get the pleasure of viewing the fine talents of the Te Crew, some of whom are back from their successful expedition to the Garhwal Himalaya. Welcome home, indeed.
Keep in mind that it’s pretty much been puking snow non-stop since this video was shot. When the lifts finally re-open there’s going to be some big days but keep in mind that along with the snow we’ve had gale force winds up high, which means foolhardy riders will die in avalanches. Make sure it’s not you or your bros.