If it's so quiet up on the mountain, what's everyone up to instead? Well, trail runners, mountain bikers, climbers, walkers and more are all making the seasonal transition from Goretex to t-shirts. Chamonix is a year-round playground, after all, and already you can get busy with your summer sport of choice in the valley whilst waiting for the lifts to reopen for the summer. Check out all the best summer activities.
If you're not prepared to give up on skiing quite yet, make sure you get out for the closing weekend. Every "Freeride Days" has a theme, this year it's superhero fancy dress. What could be more entertaining than Superman on the waterslide, Catwoman snow tubing or the Hulk trying the zip-wire traverse? If you want to try to emulate the superheroes of the Chamonix Valley, then there's even a race up Pierre a Ric. All this and only €5 for a day pass, it's hard to say no!
And anyway, it's Chamonix, the skiing doesn't stop just because the resort's closed. The Aiguille du Midi keeps running with the almost unlimited touring and steep skiing opportunities it affords. So far it's not been a vintage north-face season for the Midi, with many of the classic lines still waiting on a really good spring storm to plaster the glacial ice in sticky snow but conditions are rapidly improving in the recent weather and it might just be a late starter for the valley's steep skiers. The Vallée Blanche is past its prime for the year, with the exit starting to become more interesting as the snow and, more importantly, snow bridges start to thin and melt lower down. However, for experienced ski mountaineers and guided parties, there's still plenty of good skiing to be had there too.