Our Ski Vallée Blanche team had a fine run down the classic route yesterday and benefited from a little new snow and some fresh tracks in places before finding an improved route through the crevasses across the famous Salle à Manger section. The lower section of the run on to the Mer de Glace is getting icy and will certainly benefit from some fresh snow – which is hopefully coming next week!?
Places available on our next Ski Vallee Blanche Guided Group descent on the 15th March.
Snow conditions remain very lean around the Mont Blanc Massif with very little fresh snow over the last 6 weeks since the big storm in mid Jan. The avalanche hazard has been at category 1 for weeks with wall to wall sunshine, although the recent retour de l’est did give some significant fresh snow in nearby Italian Val d’Aosta.
This fresh snow in Italy came just after our fine weekend ski touring course in the Val Feret with base camp at the remarkably nice Rifugio Bonatti. Snow conditions needed a bit of work, but we got there in the end for some really enjoyable touring around the hut and plenty of enjoyable café and cuisine inside the hut!
As the skiing conditions slowly deteriorated during the big high pressure period, the ice was steadily building and the constantly cold nights saw many cascades, even at lower altitudes, fattening up nicely. There were great conditions for our intro ice climbing day at The Cremerie with excellent fat ice on all the main lines and lots of interesting variations possible in-between.
Higher in the mountains, the stable weather had given loads of opportunities for winter ice & mixed climbing plus classic alpinism with some famous fast ascents of the North Face of Les Grandes Jorasses plus various other north faces being done like the Tour Ronde, Mallory on the Midi, Fil à Plomb as well as the Chere Couloir, Mini Blast on the Aiguille de Blaitière, Directe des Cristalliers on the Marbrees and lots of classic easier accessible routes like the Cosmiques Arete which are relatively easily accessed at the moment compared to more traditional mid winter snow conditions.
The current stable weather looks set to continue for at least another week or so but there is currently plenty of fresh snow on the way on the more long term forecast and plenty will be hoping for a bit more winter yet before the arrival of spring!
We do have a few remaining Chamonix course places available on this seasons off piste and ski touring courses, so please check those out below or give us a shout if we can help with private guiding for ski touring – mountaineering – rock climbing.
Thanks & good training, Rob
- 15 March, Ski Vallee Blanche – Guided Group Descent,
- 20-23 March, Off Piste & Ski Touring Skills Progression – 3 Places Available
- 20-24March, Off Piste & Ski Touring Skills Classic – 2 Places Available
- 24-25 March, Grand St. Bernard Intermediate Ski Touring Weekend – 1 Place Available
- 27-29 April, Ski Gran Paradiso – Places Available
Mountaineering & Training Courses
- 8-9 April, Mont Blanc Training Weekend Snowdonia 🏴 – Places Available
Alpine Summer 2023 Mountaineering & Training Courses
- 1-3 June, Climb Gran Paradiso 🇮🇹 Early June 2023
- 27-28 June, Mont Blanc Training Course Chamonix 🇫🇷 June 2023
- 27 June – 1 July, Monte Rosa Mountaineer🇮🇹June 2023
- 3-7 July, Becoming An Alpinist 🇫🇷 July 2023
- 7-9 September, Climb Gran Paradiso 🇮🇹 Early Sept 2023
- 9-11 September, Climb The Weissmies 4017m🇨🇭
- 18-22 Sept, Becoming An Alpinist 🇫🇷 July 2023
- Early & Mid October, Autumn Climb Mont Blanc Courses