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Snow for the high alpine

by meteomorris on 16 April 2015

Snow for the high alpine 

After a week with high temperatures in the Alps colder air is finally coming in on Friday. But this invasion is extremely difficult. Now, at the time of writing, it is still summer in the Alps and really cold air is still at least 1000 kilometers north of the Alps. A painfully slow cold front will only reach the Alps in the night from Friday to Saturday and the temperature will drop slowly. Before that, it will rain for 24 hours up to high altitude.Cold front coming in from the north

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PA #21: where to go?

Winter is back!

by meteomorris on 2 April 2015

Bregenzerwald (via de reports)

Winter is back! The real hurricane winds are pretty much gone, but there still is a strong wind in the mountains. Between Wednesday and today it snowed heavily and it will keep on snowing intense in eastern Switzerland and areas in Austria and Bavaria until tomorrow morning. I'm pretty afraid what will happen on Friday. The sun will come out on Friday and there won't be that much wind. Do not be tempted to ride in the high alpine. The wind has been transporting snow since Monday, creating massive amounts of wind-drift snow that sits on top of cohesion-less snow in some places. For the layman pretty impossible to recognize and even for experts pretty hard to judge. Complete faces are filled with boobie traps that await the first avalanche dummies. Some quotes from the avalanche bulletins in Austria:

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PA #21: Critical avalanche situation!

No knowledge? Stay on the slopes!

by meteomorris on 1 April 2015

Arosa this morning

There were gusts of wind up to nearly 200 kmh measured on Tuesday and the end of the rollercoaster is not yet in sight. Large parts of the northern Alps saw the snow cover grow significantly above 2400 meters on Monday, with an average of 50-90 cm. A tropical Tuesday followed. The freezing level rose towards the 2800 meters in the west and 1900 meters in the east. Hurricane-like winds made the picture complete and the Alps went from a wintry Monday into a subtropical hurricane. That the snow cover got very wet up to high altitude and that huge amounts of snow are being transported isn't really a surprise. And then... then came Wednesday... A change of weather.

Reise er død

Om ingrediensene til eventyr

by EmileHendrix on 1 April 2015

Siden svært lenge ser jeg at 'reise' endrer. Da en halv time med bilen var en alvorlig eventyr for Emile i grunnskolen og en dag i bilen på vei til skiferie i alpene med mine foreldre kunne være en reise til verdens enden, ser jeg "reise" nå med et annet perspektiv. Jeg kjører selv tilbak hjem til Nordsjøen eller fram til neste svingen, på vei til en annen skiby i alpene jeg kjenner ennå ikke.

PA #21: LIVE blog!

by meteomorris on 31 March 2015

We'll follow the line of storm depressions that travel over Europe towards the Alps as much as possible the next 48 hours. Storm, lots of snow, rising and dropping temperatures will cause a lot of trouble. In this blog we will keep you informed of the most important news.

13.20 Lifts are not running in Engelberg as well
The lifts are closed in Engelberg as well due to the strong wind. You can clearly see wind signs in the snow on the webcams. 

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PA #21: Powder at Easter and HIGH avalanche danger

It's going to be an interesting week

by meteomorris on 30 March 2015

Snowfall the next 4 days

And we just thought that spring had already begun, but the jet stream had a different idea. PA #21 has been postponed until further notice due to hurricane winds, lots of snow and rising temperatures. Especially Tuesday seems to get extremely dangerous in the Alps. After Tuesday, the cold weather returns.

Forlesninger om umuligheter

by EmileHendrix on 29 March 2015

Sammenligninger, øvelser og en god plan hjelper meg til å svare vanskelige spørsmål og løse store utfordringer strukturert. Selv om nye tinger kunne være mer morsomt og sikkert like spennende, …

FWT Live: Bec des Rosses

Saturday at 9.00 CET

by Arjen on 27 March 2015

Tomorrow morning at 9.00 am it's going to happen. The last stop of the Freeride World Tour in Verbier on the legendary Bec des Rosses. Tomorrow we'll know who can call themselves the 'world champions of freeride'. Flo Orley has the opportunity to crown himself and that would be great, since Flo, as a veteran of the Tour deserves this a lot.


PA #21: hold your horses

by meteomorris on 27 March 2015

Andermatt yesterday

Around 35-60 cm of freshies came down in the Piemonte between Monday and Wednesday and you could ride some great powder. It pretty much exploded a bit in parts of the Dolomites. Out of nowhere, the low pressure area reactivated and pushed itself north through the Dolomites and the Hohe Tauern. It will stick around for today (but only short) and today and Saturday will be powder days. But the window is small again. Today it's still snowing in the east of Austria and Saturday will be a great powder day in and around the Hohe Tauern. Especially since the last snow that will come down today will be quite cold  because of the cold front that's coming in from the north. Cold powder on top of some heavier powder, the best ingredients for a great powder day on Saturday.

Winter 14/15: 106 fatalities due to avalanches so far

No knowledge? Stay on the slopes!

by meteomorris on 27 March 2015

It is March 26 and avalanches during winter '14 -'15 caused 106 casualties already. Fortunately, we have seen that the numbers aren't going up as fast compared with the beginning of the season, but the season is not over yet as well... The lifts will run for at least five weeks in ski areas and a lot of riders will go touring in the next couple of weeks. many go in the coming weeks once their skins and tourski's the mountains. If you're going out there in the next couple of weeks: if you have no knowledge of the dangers in the backcountry, stay on the slopes! Do you have the knowledge? Be still aware. The avalanche does not know that you are an expert.

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