June is “early season” on the Tour du Mont Blanc, which can often mean snow on the trail, or even late season fresh snow falls. In June 2017, the good news is that the conditions are far less snowy than in previous years. In our Webinar of 2nd June, we covered early predictions for conditions on the trail. Here we update the conditions information based on up to date forecasts:
The 5 day mountain forecast from 13th June 2017 is for mild temperatures with a freezing level mostly above 4000m (well above the 2600m level where freezing temperatures would affect the trail).
Trail conditions are reported as good, having improved significantly over the last few days as the summer heat returned. Remaining snow fields are reported as having good tracks, and they do not pose problems with progressing along the trail.
The exception is along the optional variant of the Fenêtre d’Arpette, which at this stage we would suggest avoiding due to some fragile snow bridges (likely to destabilise as the warm weather continues). This can be avoided by sticking to the standard trail on this section between Champex and Trient.
With the forecast for mild conditions, we can expect things to improve further over the next few days. In fact, sunshine and temperatures of up to 29 degrees centigrade are expected in Chamonix today!
Thunderstorms are forecast, and we would suggest close attention to daily forecasts to plan your itinerary. Sometimes starting earlier in the day or relaxing into a later start can help you avoid stormy periods. Snow forecast at 2250m is reported at 0cm, which means no fresh snow is expected.
The outlook is still uncertain beyond 5 days, so do bookmark and keep checking this post, or use the weather resources here:
Tour du Mont Blanc website: http://www.autourdumontblanc.com/en
You should still expect there to be snow lying in some areas, and exercise caution crossing any patches. Use walking poles, and although this non-technical trail doesn’t usually require crampons in the summer season, do check for any updates on conditions as your departure approaches and each day during your tour, and consider packing them.
Chamonix (a short bus/train/taxi journey from Les Houches) is a hub for mountain sport and activity, and you can hire or buy any equipment you might need there should you need it. Crampons are available to hire from Chamonix (a short bus/train/taxi journey from Les Houches). There are several shops to choose from, we suggest Concept Pro Shop or Snell Sports.
The trail is a challenge, and does require judgement and a common sense approach. You can check our bad weather and alternative transport guide (included in your pack) if you feel you need it. If you need our assistance during your trip you can contact us during office hours on our French number +33 (0)1 70 70 90 63 or UK number +44 (0)141 530 8886.
Don’t worry though, as ultimately you’ll have an epic trek, make lots of memories, and achieve something great.
Any questions before you go, email us at [email protected], we’d be happy to help. You can also watch the recent webinar…