No Avalanche Bulletin Today due to Strikes

Industrial action by many public sector workers in France against new flexible working arrangements for under 25s means that there is no avalanche bulletin today for the Haute-Savoie, Isère, Ariège and Haute Garonne departments. Please see our Snow and Avalanche Conditions page for some information concerning the Northern Alps.

slab avalanche belledonne
Slab avalanche today in the Belledonne

Posted by on Tuesday, 28 March, 2006 at 07:43 PM

I’m not sure what to make of the lack of bulletin. It is not the first time this service has been hit by industrial action. From an outsiders point of view it seems that Meteo France doesn’t see this as a priority service, unlike providing a weather forecast for paying clients, therefore it gets hit by industrial action. At the same time the Savoie bulletin was produced and this will give an indication of conditions in the neighbouring departments. One could argue that with the unsettled weather who would want to venture off-piste or tour on Wednesday?

I would just like to give this quote though

“Very often, at the start of spring, conditions are still winter on north facing slopes whereas it is already spring on south facing slopes. The Avalanche Bulletin should be consulted before each trip, not just the level of risk, but all of its precious advice concerning the situation on the ground” - Daniel Goetz, Meteo France Snow Studies Centre (CEN)

Posted by davidof on  Wednesday, 29 March, 2006  at 01:44 AM

Visit http:\ it is czech biggest winter portal. You’ll find there forecasts, avalanche info, as well as snow-conditions, detailed info about most of ski-resorts and much more… Visit it regularly for avalanches info!

Posted by  on  Sunday, 02 April, 2006  at 01:51 PM

And its not even April 1st! If there is no avalanche bulletin issued by Meteo France a Czeck website is hardly likely to have current avalanche information for France… but as the site is in Czeck I couldn’t Czech this grin.

Posted by davidof on  Monday, 03 April, 2006  at 12:26 PM
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