We headed up to les Deux Alpes today, mainly for on piste skiing (skiing off piste on autumn glaciers is always something you need to think twice about). Just some beta on snow conditions. High winds on the 19th-20th had damaged the Lauze link over to la Grave but the snow on the Dome runs didn’t look great. Too much wind. The DAL (resort company) want to get the lift into running condition this week.
A look over to the Grandes Rousses and the Pic Bayle
here is a zoom on the Glaciers of the Grandes Rousses.
the glacier de la Sarenne is hard to make out, oriented south-east it only really exists on the south-west side of the bowl. Certainly the days of opening at autumn half term seem to be long behind it. Lots of open ice on under the Pic Bayle, as was the case at les Deux Alpes off the glacier runs.
Looking down to the Serre Palas there isn’t much left of last weeks snow, however someone had parked their car at the lac du Sautet (2300) m and had toured up from there (and skied down), it looked pretty marginal. Certainly one for the rock skis.
Roche de la Muzelle from the ski resort.
Here is a general view of the glacier de Mont de Lans runs. About 5-10cm of recent snow on a hard, sometimes icy, base. Good skiing but make sure your edges are good.