It's snowing heavily in western Wallis, the Italian Aosta and the French Haute Savoie since Thursday evening. They had around 50-90 cm, locally even 140 cm of freshies. The French northern Alps and the north of the Hautes Alpes also had between 30-70 cm of snow. The avalanche danger has gone up to HIGH (4 on a scale of 5) and the combination of the heavy wind and the sometimes rising temperatures because of a Föhn storm don't make it easier. My advice: it's time for treeruns. In this forecast:
What I wrote on Thursday is still standing strong: Because of the tricky conditions, my advice is to ride powder in the trees this weekend. The avalanche danger is lower (avoid those forests with steep faces above you), but riding powder in the trees requires some skills. Forests are thus a beautiful natural filter to distinguish skilled riders of the wannabees, so it's not that crowded.
PowderAdvice Sunday :
And it will still be pretty good in the regions above on Monday. Treeruns galore! If you don't feel comfortable in the trees, than you're really missing something. The conditions in the trees couldn't be much better. It's deep!
The pictures speak for itself. The conditions in the video above from the Hautes Alps are pretty good, but it's even better in:
Check the local reports for more updates!
The game between Föhn and snow in the western Alps comes to an end today. The current turns to the northwest and the snowfall expands to the entire Alps. The temperature will drop and it will snow regularly on the north side of the main alpine ridge tomorrow. The other regions in the Alps will also get some freshies.
The sun will come out on Wednesday, but it will also start snowing again later that day. This pattern repeats itself the entire week. We'll add more resorts to the PowderAdvice later this week. A more detailed update will follow tomorrow (Monday). Until then: treeruns!
This week will be really good, but the temperatures will probably rise next week. Don't wait too long and shred some powder this week!
The avalanche danger remains tricky. Especially since you can find that nasty old snow layer above 2200 meters in a lot of places in the Alps. It can be found pretty deep in the snowpack, but the recent wind transported so much snow that it might become a problem again. Wind also causes the dangerous wind-eroded snow and the shifting temperatures cause tensions in the snow cover. Unfortunately, the danger is hard to see with the naked eye. No matter how big the stoke is, decision methods and systematic filtering of the risks are the only ways to take calculated decisions. Always check the local avalanche forecast and adapt your plans to it. Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe are a MUST. If you don't have any knowledge, start working on it or go out with a mountain guide.
Stay stoked. Morris