by way of contrast ...
just got back from three days meeting a long-time ski partner from Germany in the Albula mountains in southeast Switzerland near the Engadine.
Skied every kind of line, saw almost no avalanche activity. Some not so good snow, but lots of fairly nice snow for skiing—one long run in 30cm of powder on 35 degree slope. Could have skied more slopes like that, but we were busy exploring more different terrain. Main issue for snow quality was wind affect.
We stayed in huts around 2500m (Kesch + Grialetsch). Most of of our skiing was between 2500m and 3200m.
It occurs to me that the great thing about France compared with the eastern Alps is that when the 0-degree isotherm is at 2500m, there still lots more terrain above that. And some refuges that permit staying up there for a weekend or longer.
Problem is that (I guess) they haven’t started plowing the high roads(?)
But the lifts are still running, and some of them sell single-ride tickets.