30th August 2016, Good Snow Conditions On Monte Rosa From Gressoney

The warm and sunny weather has opened up lower glaciers across the Alps and some high ones too, but the really high ones on the Monte Rosa were excellent today with a good track and fine conditions leading from the Gnifetti Hut all the way to Signalkuppe and the Margherita Hut. The team were enjoying this magnificent high alpine excursion as a high altitude but snowier and less technical alternative to Mont Blanc.

Conditions are looking dry and good for the Matterhorn ascent tomorrow and with only 45 or so in total in the hut it should be a relatively calm day on the mountain traffic wise. Numerous teams climbed both the Weissmeis & Lagginhorn today with the Almageller and Weissmeis Huts both reporting decent conditions.

In Chamonix many snow & ice routes are now well past their best for the summer season and will need some late summer / autumnal snow to re-charge icy faces with fresh and relatively warm and wet snow. Teams are still climbing the Frendo Spur albeit with dry / loose conditions lower down and a somewhat icy finish, left of Rognon, on the upper north face.