The lifts finally opened at Grand Montets today at 9.45 after the avalanche control. Sadly the weather did not permit a full opening of the area but the lower lifts provided enough entertainment. With little to no waiting around, it was easy to keep warm as long as you buried you head in your lap as you went up the chair lift!
The snow conditions in the trees were good and the wind continued to deposit more fresh snow in them through-out the day. The weather was also not as bad as it looked from down the valley. The rain that was present in Chamonix was snow on the hill, admittedly it was only changing state at 1500m, but the visibility was ok lower down and in the trees. Yes it was windy but coming from Scotland I did not find this a problem; at least there was snow under my feet!
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