On Thursday, which was the first day I was able to work from home officially as part of an arrangement with my current employer, I was able to notice that the peaks of the mountains facing our flat were covered with a thin layer of snow. Even though this might have been expected given that the temperature had dropped by a little over 15 degrees in the space of two to three days, for my first Thursday at home it was nice to see the first snow on the mountains across (all photos can be enlarged by clicking on any of them).

Looking to the left from our balcony on the upper part of Lausanne, I could clearly see snow on the Grand Muveran (3,051m) and Petit Muveran (2,810m), two mountains belonging to the Alps of Vaud (Chablais range)…

…. at the foot of which lies the charming valley of Nant, which we visited in July (but the valley is not visible from our balcony as it is located on the other side of these mountains –which are visible in the middle left of this picture).

Looking to the right from our balcony, I could see that Grammont and some other mountains of the Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais (Wallis) and France, also belonging to the Chablais range, were topped with even less snow than their counterparts in the canton of Vaud.

For comparison purposes, here is a picture of both sets of mountains taken from the belvèdere at Signal de Sauvabelin on 10 August 2012. The lighter mountains seen towering above the western end of Lake Léman almost in a straight line are the Vaud stretch of the Chablais range (visible in part from our balcony, see the first picture) with the villages of Le Bouveret and Saint Gingolph on the right at the foot of the Valais and French stretches of the Chablais Alps (also visible from our balcony, see third picture).

Yesterday evening, after coming back home from work, I was able to see that, as I had feared, not much snow was left … but this also means that it should be less cold tomorrow when we go to the mountains.

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