I have a bit of a conundrum. I would ideally like to visit Chamonix in late May, to avoid masses of tourists, and get some lovely hiking in before the weather gets hot. But I'm seeing that this may not be the best plan, as most of the lifts are closed!
Is there much good hiking to be done without the lifts?
Am I correct that the Montenvers train would still be running in late May (so we could take it up to do hikes along the Grand Balcon Nord), or do the Plan d'Aiguille route down from the Aiguille du Midi cable car halfway point?
Is undertaking the hike all the way from the valley to the Lac Blanc (without a lift) just way too much? And might that be under snow?
Would all of the mountain huts also be closed in May (seems likely without the lifts)?
Should I just suck it up and visit in mid June when the lifts open? It looks like the last few years they've been opening around June 15th - do they keep that pretty consistent? How crowded does it usually get by mid-June?
So many questions, I know - any info you have is appreciated! Thank you!!