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Five people have been killed in a series of avalanche incidents across the European Alps over the weekend following heavy snowfall over Italy and parts of Switzerland and France. Around half a meter of fresh snow fell at Bonneval-Sur-Arc, scene of today's incident, on Wednesday and this was followed by strong winds on Friday and Saturday morning. Meteo France are forecasting up to 80cm of fresh snow at altitude in the Northern Alps accompanied by 100km/h NW winds and have raised the avalanche risk to HIGH (4/5) for Monday across most of the range.
The overnight rain hadn't done too much damage. The ski pistes were in good condition having been bashed overnight. The road up to Charmant-Som was hard with a lot of debris over the first km. Afterwards things got much nicer with largely quick snow to the summit with a bit of softer snow on NE facing sections of the road.
Posted by davidof on the 2015-03-31
Follow the Giclas route as far as the Roc d'Arguille http://pistehors.com/combe-de-giclard.14562522013.htm. From the summit head to the NW keeping close to the ridgeline (the plateau is a wildlife protection area and skiers should stay as close to the right of the plateau as is reasonable).
Posted by davidof on the 25 February 2015