Tomorrow’s avalanche bulleting reflects what Ken, Anny and I have observed touring for the last couple of days. Lots of wind from the NE -> E which has formed some new slabs on west sector slopes.
This photo is of a slab under the Bottines near the Croix de Chamrousse, it was triggered by off piste skiers on Tuesday 1 March in the afternoon.
I believe I heard a ‘whoumpf” today skiing the west face of the Petit Van at around 2100m, just a small local collapse of the snowpack. I didn’t mention this to Ken as I was preoccupied with an earlier binding prerelease. Ken is right, my skis have suffered badly the last couple of days. All repaired for the moment but a lot of rocks not far from the surface but invisible, you really need to give any outcrop a wider berth than I have done.
Some more info on Monday’s fatal avalanche in the Vercors.
The avalanche occured in the Rancs de Combevieux sector at Corrençon-en-Vercors. 30-40cm had fallen in the resort but the top of the couloir couple with steeper slopes had led to accumulations of 80cm. The victim, Jean Pollier, was well known on the plateau and amongst the Grenoble freestyle community. He had recently produced this film featuring his friends.
Thomas Cuier, who was seriously injured, has been moved from intensive care today and his prospects look good.
The alert was given by one of the survivors who had managed to grab hold of a tree. The rescue services found the first skier after 40 minutes under the slide, one of his poles was visible on the surface. He managed to create a small air pocket under 60cm of snow. The other victims were buried for more than an hour.