Yesterday I was out and about in Les Avals for the first time this year. Some soft snow still to be found even on the sunny aspects, but the thin snowpack still needs care as there are plenty of buried (and not buried) rocks, along with pockets of windslab over facetted snow. Fortunately on the Petit Mont Blanc it is possible to stay on sub-30º slopes pretty much the whole way and it was worth the walk for a silky smooth ski down. Only a handful of other folks out yesterday, and very few skin tracks heading off elsewhere (not surprisingly). Hopefully the snow due this weekend will open up a few more options.