After the rain of Sunday and Monday, the desperately desired cooling followed in the night to Tuesday. This cooling was accompanied by gale force winds so that the snowpack is irregular above the tree line. The snow cover had become wet to higher alpine levels last weekend and got frozen again on Tuesday. On some parts of the mountain you will find more than a meter of snow in the form of thick storm slabs, while other slopes are completely bare-blown.
You will find the best conditions under the tree line. While the hotspot of the recent snowfalls can be found in the triangle Graubunden - Vorarlberg -Kleinwalsertal. Here it snowed intensively and the treeruns are in a good condition.
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Today it is still snowing in Austria and the conditions will definely improve overthere. But the wind remains an issue. Substantial storm slabs have been or will be formed so that the avalanche risks above the tree line will remain critical. Even if the sun comes through today and tomorrow. For those who want to go on a tour this weekend, the current avalanche danger and changing snow cover are something to be reckoned with.
From Thursday it is sunny everywhere and that remains the case in large parts of the Alps until Sunday. Those looking for powder in the coming days would do well to choose those areas where the most snow has fallen. If you go to the south or only are aiming for the higher alpine, it will be a big disappointment. The photo below of Airolo shows this nicely. Do you see what I mean?
Cloudy weather flows into the Alps from Sunday afternoon. In the current calculations, the current will stay between west and north-west next week, so that the north-west and north of the Alps have the best chance of an extra layer of fresh snow. The conditions there will improve further next week although strong winds might make the conditions challenging. There might be a super storm moving in and surfers should keep an eye on these forecasts. XXL conditions are in the forecast for a Nazare for next week.
In the meantime he southern Alps are suffering. The strong storm winds and mild temperatures of last week have impacted the snow cover there. Fresh snow is desperately needed but the weather maps do not give any signals for that in the next 10 to 14 days. Time to make a switch from the southern to the northern Alps this or next week?
Your Powfinder, Morris