Snow and Avalanche (118)
No snow before January?
Yan Giezendanner from Météo France, Chamonix is pessimistic. It is too warm in France and all the bad weather is hitting the UK and Scandinavia.
You don't need wind to create a slab but it helps. Think of it as an accellerator, like pouring petrol on a fire. Even without fresh snow wind can create new slabs in a few hours.
Skier injured by avalanche at Barèges
As we noted on twitter a large amount of fresh snow above 2000 meters and storm force winds have created considerable avalanche risk at altitude in the Pyrenees and Southern Alpes.
Review of French avalanche incidents for the winter 2013/14
The 2013/2014 season saw 18 fatal avalanche incidents with 21 deaths in France. Well below the 30 year average.
Squeaky bum time for French resorts
La Clusaz may have opened the Balme sector of its ski area two weeks early on the 22 November but since that glorious week-end it has been a stressful start to the season for the resort director Pierr
A normal winter for the Alps?
It all seemed so positive last weekend. We were ski touring in the Belledonne. The resorts of Alpe d’Huez, la Clusaz, Montgenevre and Courchevel had opened ahead of schedule.
A little bit of snow science in the lab and in the field. The engineers are looking at a particular type of weak layer formed by surface hoar (aka frost).
It is not just the Alps that are having some strange weather (cold and snowy at altitude with continuing avalanche risk above 3000 meters) Australia is also being hit by some big storms with almost 4
Avalanche Rescue Cats
In case you missed this last winter a look at how cats could take over from dogs searching for avalanche victims in the backcountry. A video about one man, several cats and a dream.
Review of the Swiss 2013/2014 snow and avalanche conditions
The Swiss Snow and Avalanche Research Institute has published its review of the 2013/14 snow and avalanche situation.
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