Alain Duclos is the avalanche expert in France. He helps ski resorts, municipalities, départements and mountain rescue to analyse the avalanche risk in the French Alps. He is always in the snow and there is no one in France who knows the situation as well as he does. In his opinion the current situation in the French Alps is so incredibly tense, that he has sent out a message to all the French mountain guides and ski resorts. Here is my translation of the message:
"The situation at the beginning of this winter is peculiar, and it doesn't seem to be getting any better, at least at altitude. I know this kind of news makes some people grumble, but hey: 2 Swiss guides and a French ski instructor died last weekend in several avalanches. It would be little serious not to learn from them.
We will have to fear big (spontaneous) avalanches at altitude (again because of the buried weak layers), which will mobilise big avalanches this time... these avalanches may reach very far into the valley.
Clear words from this avalanche expert. The conditions in the French Alps (but also in Switzerland) are extremely tense. The proof is the several fatal avalanche accidents in the French Alps. Be extremely careful (and more careful than usual) if you go into the snow now.