On Friday, the rain-snow limit was a bit high for most folks liking at about 1800m, and the clouds were sitting low in the valley making it pretty tricky to see where you were going. Hoping to get some definition in the trees we headed to Le Tour with the aim of skiing the forests near the Tete de Balme chairlift. The Charamillon gondola is a notorious bottleneck during holiday periods but, if you jump on the train to Vallorcine, you'll have but a couple of hundred meters wander to the Vallorcine gondola with its complete lack of a queue, followed by a short ski down to the Tete de Balme chair and usually the best skiing on the hill. The train through the Chamonix valley is free to use for holders of the "Carte d'Hote" (which should be given to you for free by your accommodation provider or can be purchased from the Tourist Information Office), and makes for a far more civilized way to get to the slopes as you cruise serenely past the traffic, surveying the mountain from your comfortable seat.
Anyway, enough of trainspotting, back to the skiing. Whilst the snow at the very top of Le Tour was pleasant to ski, the high rain-snow limit meant that the majority of the off-piste was very, very sticky and, when combined with the near-zero visibility, made for a fairly challenging time skiing. The pistes were running much better as the rain hadn't had as much effect as feared, however, the visibility was just as poor between the piste markers as outside. Still, as you couldn't see much beyond the tip of your skis it at least seemed like there was nobody else on the slopes!