PA#6 is for the northern Alps and PA#7 will follow soon!

By meteomorris on 2 February 2016 · 5

The weather during the weekend was pretty strange, with lots of snow coming down on Sunday, but with rising temperatures on Monday. Fortunately, cold temperatures and snowfall will return pretty soon. PowderAlert #6 is ON on Thursday and PowderAlert #7 is already visible on the maps. In this forecast:

  • Rain after snow
  • That's great for the snowpack
  • PowderAlert #6 is ON for Thursday
  • The first southern Stau of the season!
  • Test your knowledge about avalanches and snow safety for free!

Rain after snow

Sunday started promising with snow deep into the valleys, but higher temperatures came in and it rained up to 2100 meters in the east and 2600 meters in the west. And that had quite an impact, like here as in Switzerland.

Wet snow and mud avalanches in the middle of winter. Now that's quite unusual.

That's great for the snowpack

But all that rain couldn't prevent the snowpack from growing in the western and northern Alps above 2200 meters. Around 40-80 cm of freshies came down and that really helps. The dangerous layer with sugar snow is pretty deep in the snowpack right now, and is getting less and less dangerous for skiers and snowboarders.

Conditions are quite different in the rest of the Alps. The snowpack is too thin and a single skier can still hit this weak layer. And the big problem with this type of weak layers deeper in the snowpack is that they are not visible with the naked eye (even for experts). The use of proper decision methods is a must this week. Don't forget that weak layers are present deeper in the backcountry as well. Check your local avalanche forecast every day and adjust your plans to it. Always carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe. No knowledge? Go out with a mountain guide!

PowderAlert #6 is ON for Thursday

The details for PowderAlert #6 are clear. An additional update will follow tomorrow, but Thursday will be a nice powder day in the northwest of the Alps. A cold front will hit the Alps from the northwest on Wednesday and this will result in freshies in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. The sun will come out from the west on Thursday, but it might snow in Austria for a while. The snow line will be deep in the valleys, but will rise to 1500 meters on Friday. But it will be great days in the northwest of the Alps anyway. You'll find the best conditions from Hasliberg in the west to the Kleinwalsertal in the east (in regions: the Berner Oberland, Vorarlberg and the west of Tyrol). This leads to the PowderAdvice below:

  1. Vorarlberg and Tyrol,
  2. Berner Oberland and Glanerland,
  3. Haute Savoie and the west of Wallis,
  4. The northwest of the Savoie and Isère .

The first southern Stau of the season!

The first southern Stau of the season is getting closer and closer. It looks like it will happen this Saturday. Sunday just might be a day with lots of snow for the southern Alps. And as icing on the cake the current probably will turn to the northwest and the rest of the Alps will get snow as well. Check out this amazing snow map!


If the maps are correct, than PowderAlert #7 will be epic! But let's first enjoy PowderAlert #6!

Test your knowledge about avalanches and snow safety for free!

More and more people venture off-piste, but not everybody has the right knowledge and the right gear. Already 30 people died because of avalanches this winter. Do you have the right knowledge to ride off-piste? Test it yourself and start with the first chapter of the Mountain Academy for free! No knowledge? Stay on the marked slopes or hire a mountain guide!

Stay stoked. Morris


  • Petter
    Petter op 2 February 2016 · 07:44
    Good job @meteomorris

    Arriving in Munich Thursday an will head for the alps. Don't know if it will be the Vorarlberg or Zillertal. I'm a bit worried about the base after the heavy rain the past day's. Any suggestions? Will stay until Monday
    Snow should always be dry, cold, and free. Like champagne!
  • Storpotatisen
    Storpotatisen op 2 February 2016 · 08:31
    If I were you @petter I wouldn't hesitate a minute about going to Lech/Warth. Good base and expecting lots of snow. Looks pretty nice already...
  • Petter
    Petter op 2 February 2016 · 09:15
    @storpotatisen så du hänger här med, inte bara på FR =)

    Snow should always be dry, cold, and free. Like champagne!
  • Storpotatisen
    Storpotatisen op 2 February 2016 · 12:04
    @petter Haha, Leder din gamla rackare. Jo, jag gör väl det, må ju hålla koll på var snön trillar ner. Ni verkar pricka in en bra helg får man väl säga. Vi åker ner nästa torsdag, får hoppas molnen hänger kvar en stund till... 😃
  • meteomorris
    meteomorris op 2 February 2016 · 15:40
    I would start in Arlberg on Friday. Temperatures will go up rapidly due to an upcoming Sud Föhn, bit north face will be good. I will give you an update what to do on Saturday and Sunday tomorrow. There are still some uncertainties in the forecast. My biggest question is.. would it be worth to drive south to shred some fresh pow on Sunday.
    May the powder be with you.


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