It's thumping with snow at valley level here, and my TWO new pairs of skis are sitting in the cellar waiting for the right moment. The grapevine says 1 meter at 1500m, but even if that's a tourist forecast, 50cm at this time of year will certainly be a very good start.
BRING ON WINTER!!!
The pattern of last year is now repeating, thanks to the snowfall reported in the last blog post followed by a couple of freeze thaw cycles and now settled weather for a few days.
The Droites and the Jorasses are in very good condition indeed, with recent ascents of the Shroud on the Jorasses and the North face of the Matterhorn being reported.
October is a wicked month for alpinism and climbing generally în Chamonix. Check it out some time! Or maybe just leave the Guides to enjoy their holidays....
Last year, October was a great month for alpinism with steady settled weather right the way through. The Jorasses in particular got a hammering as folk ran up things like the McIntyre Colton.
I was big walling in the States last year so missed all the fun. I was really looking forward to staying at home, saving some carbon and doing some Alpinism, but winter has arrived early! We have 10cm of fresh here at 1140m, so winter has most definitely arrived. The weather lore experts here all predict a cold spell from now on - lots of myrtilles this autumn, the size of the potatoes in Lavancher (seriously!) - whether it's wishful thinking or based on aeons of tradition, we can all start to get excited about the ski season.