It was a great weekend in the mountains. Although I was shredding some quality waves somewhere in Europe I've been checking out the webcams a couple of times a day. I saw some images from the Stelvio Pass, some footage from Hintertux and shots from the Pitztal. Winter is starting. But the footage from Hintertux also gave me the shivers. It was a close call for that rider to end up in a crevasse. So again, I want to warn you for all the early season hazards. We understand your stoke, but the glaciers are full of crevasses. Prepare yourself well, be patient and be careful!
> „Abseits der Piste ist es derzeit brutal spaltig“, warnt ein Polizist der Polizeidienststelle Stubai. „Es hat einfach noch nicht genug geschneit. Durch den Neuschnee sind die Spalten aber zugedeckt und werden nicht gleich erkannt.“
The sun came out in the west of the Alps, but it's still snowing in the far east of Austria. The snow plows were sent out to clean the Grossglocknerstrasse. They will keep doing that for the next couple of weeks, but there's no denying. Winter is coming.
It will keep snowing in the (northeast) of Austris until Wednesday. It will remain cold and this will result in around 15-40 centimeter of freshies above 2200 meters. Especially in the east it could snow for a long time. In the meantime, a high pressure area is getting ready to bring warm air to the Alps with a southwestern current. The jetstream is still south of the Alps, but will be north of the Alps from Wednesday and this will bring warmer air to the Alps.
A weak warm front will come in on Thursday. This front will loose most of its strength, but the moisture and high temperatures will soak the snow cover up to high altitude. The moisture will be gone by Friday and we'll have to deal with typical high pressure weather. Sunny and mild days and cold and clear nights. This will be the weather until the middle of next week. During this kind of weather, the excisting snow cover will transform itself into a layer of sugar snow and hoar. Something you should think about when the next dump comes down. It all comes down to this:
This means that #PA1 comes to an end. There will be great snow till Wednesday. After that we'll have to wait what next week will bring.