Snow Report 5th February 2007

The last snow fell around 10 days ago although it is still possible to find areas of powder on sheltered north sector slopes. Otherwise there is spring snow on sunny slopes well angled towards the sun. The wind has done some damage with crust and blown snow which is challenging to ski as ever. The slopes are pretty stable now. We still kicked off a couple of small more or less hard slabs that were resting on a hard base. If the promised snow arrives this week expect an increase in instability. The ice crust from early January is also starting to reappear where the fresh snow has been stripped by the wind and there is a risk of sliding.

Posted by davidof on Tuesday, 06 February, 2007 at 09:54 AM

There has been around 20-40cm of fresh snow above 2000m since Wednesday in the Northern Alps and around 20cm in the Pyrenees, Corsica and Southern Alps.

A further 20-40cm is expected over the course of Monday but with the zero isotherm rising to 2300-2400m tomorrow there will be rain to quite high altitudes. The rain will saturate the snowpack causing a number of wet snow slides in the morning. The zero isotherm will drop in the evening along with the snow level but the fresh snow will be accompanied by strong winds from the west to south-west.

Posted by davidof on  Sunday, 11 February, 2007  at 08:06 PM
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