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Authorities warn resort ski tourers to take care
Ski touring in ski resorts up ski runs is increasingly popular, especially after hours. Ski manufacturers even promote it in advertising.
Savoie on avalanche alert
The Savoie and Haute-Savoie prefectures have warned backcountry travellers of a dangerous avalanche situation in all the mountain ranges of the departments for Tuesday 24th December.
Old snow, persistent weak layers and guided groups
Old snow problems, aka persistent weak layers (PWL) are a fragile layer in the snow pack that takes a very long time to stabilize.
Vars off piste skier killed by avalanche
A skier has been killed by an avalanche in the ski resort of Vars in the Hautes-Alpes on Saturday afternoon. The avalanche occurred at 16h30 at 1800 meters altitude in the Claux sector.
French Alps on Avalanche Alert
Meteo France has placed the Isere, Savoie departments on an orange alert for avalanche risk for Saturday (14 Dec 2019).
Walker injured by Pyrenees avalanche
Three walkers were caught by an avalanche in the early afternoon today while they were walking to the étang de Fontargente in the French Pyrenees in the Ariège department.
Woman brought back from the dead after six hours in snowstorm
A British woman was revived after spending 6 hours in a state of complete cardio-vascular arrest.
Isothermal Snowfall - you cannae break the laws of physics
Typically the snowline is some 400 meters below the zero isotherm level. So if the zero isotherm (freezing point) is 2000 meters precipitation will fall as snow to 1600 meters.
The big 2019/2020 Resort Opening Post
As you may have seen some resorts in France have already opened but this weekend things really start to ramp up especially in the Pyrenees and Southern Alps which were blitzed by stormaggedon last wee
Is Queen Johaug killing women's skiing?
Cross country skier Therese Johaug is a huge star in Norway. Since her return to the sport following a drugs ban she has been dominant to the point of eclipsing her nearest opponents.
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