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Weak layer collapse

French avalanche expert Alain Duclos has posted another of his interesting videos on slab triggering. This is on a west facing slope on the 16th January 2019 at 2900 meters in the Vanoise. Alain disturbs the thin weak layer until the whole area collapses triggering the

Posted by davidof on the 20 Jan 2019

Avalanche incident at Val Meinier

A Roumanian women has been injured by an avalanche skiing off piste in the Ski Resort of Val Meinier in the Haute-Maurienne. She was accompanied by friend when she triggered an avalanche on the East side of the Crey du Quart. She was found thanks to her avalanche beacon. The risk was 3/5 (Considerable) at the time of the incident. She was transported to hospital by the rescue services suffering from mild hypothermia and fractures. There had been fresh snow during the night accompanied by strong winds from the North / North

Posted by davidof on the 18 Jan 2019

French snow conditions, 10th January 2019

Inspite of the recent snowfall (around 10-30cm of windblown fresh snow in the Northern French Alps, Vosges and Jura) snow-depths remain  below average. The fresh snow and wind will lead to a considerable risk of skier triggered avalanches in some

Posted by davidof on the 10 Jan 2019

French ski tourer killed by Col Pillonet avalanche

With a return to winter, fresh snow and high winds, at least at altitude, a French skier tourer was killed below the Col Pillonet in Valtournenche and an off-piste skier had a lucky escape at the ski resort of Val Thorens. Both incidents occurred on

Posted by davidof on the 09 Dec 2018

Series of avalanches in the French Alps

This weekend saw the season start with the opening of Val Thorens and Val d'Isere and also the first avalanche incidents of the season as up to 50cm of fresh snow fell at altitude in the Western and Southern French Alps accompanied by high winds from the south. Meteo France warned of weak layers in the existing snow-pack an an "substantial" avalanche

Posted by davidof on the 25 Nov 2018

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