High avalanche danger in some regions in the Alps!


By meteomorris on 3 January 2016 · 0

The avalanche danger in the northern French Alps and the west of Wallis has gone up to 'HIGH' (4 on a scale of 5). Around 30-60 cm of fresh snow is expected in these areas till tomorrow afternoon. Because of the large amounts of fresh snow, the strong wind, and the poor base layer, the snowpack is very unstable. There were already 2 fatalities due to an avalanche in Chamonix today. The best thing to do is to stick to the slopes because of the high avalanche danger. There is so much snow coming down the next couple of hours that you'll also find great snow on the slopes.

In other parts of the French Alps, Switzerland and western Austria you'll have to be careful as well. The avalanche danger has gone up to 'CONSIDERABLE' (3 on a scale of 5). This means that you need to have the knowledge to make the right choices. If you don't you have this knowledge, stay on the slopes or go out with a mountain/ski guide.

Avalanche danger rating scale
Avalanche danger rating scale

You'll find the correct links to the avalanche forecast per region below. You'll find the latest avalanche forecast of your resort on the resort pages as well. Just type in the name of your resorts in the search box in the main navigation.

Region: Haute Savoie and Wallis (click for more details)

Snowfall the next couple of days
Snowfall the next couple of days

Region: Savoie and Isère (click for more details)

Snowfall the next couple of days
Snowfall the next couple of days

  • Savoie: Avalanche danger 4 (HIGH) above 2200-2400 meter
  • Isere: Avalanche danger 4 (HIGH) above 2200 meter

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