HIGH avalanche risk in parts of the French Alps


By Haas on 20 December 2016 · 0

Thanks to the snowfall in the Piedmont and the regions at the border of Switzerland and France the avalanche danger rose to HIGH (that's 4 on a scale of 5). The combination of fresh snow, wind, surface hoar and some old and weak layers in the snowpack sets creates an interesting situation in the resorts where it will be snowing the next 60 hours.

TIP: Check out the detailled snow maps for the Alps

In addition, there is still no snow at all below 1800-2000 meter in lots of resorts. At least not before this dump. It will be hard to find some tree runs to ride (or simply put: it will be close to impossible). Please note that there is no base below 1900 meters and rocks and branches are still close to the surface.

If you want to ride some powder the next couple of days, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Take an avalanche course and keep on learning.
  • Always go out with an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe and know how to use them.
  • Read the avalanche forecast.
  • What are the risks specific to your resort that day?
  • Simply don't ride the parts of the mountain with increased danger levels.

If you don't have the knowlegde or the gear, it's always better to go out with a certified mountain guide!

HIGH avalanche danger in the Haute Maurienne
HIGH avalanche danger in the Haute Maurienne

Check out the selection of links to current avalanche forecasts for the resorts that expect a lot of snow below.

HIGH avalanche danger in:

CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger in:


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