Avalanche Warning for the French Alps

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Avalanche Warning for the French Alps

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Admin posted Feb-2007

The following Avalanche Warning has just been issued by our friends over at PisteHors :-
The weather system over the course of Monday dumped 20 to 40cm of fresh snow at 2000m, 40 to 60cm at 2500m but with accumulations of snow due to the wind from the west. There have been three separate falls of snow since last Wednesday bringing 60 to 90cm of fresh to the Bauges and Beaufortain and 50cm elsewhere.

There are fresh slabs, particularly above 2000m on north sector slopes. These slabs resemble fresh powder and are very difficult to detect visually. A single skier or snowboarder could start a sizeable avalanche which could be sizeable on an open slope. Lower down take care on close to summits, convex slopes especially north-east to east slope aspects.

The sun will return to the Oisans, Savoie and Haute-Savoie during the course of Tuesday. The off-piste will look particularly inviting but the risks are very high at the moment even on quite low slope angles.

So take care if you're lucky enough to be out there this week.
The Admin Man

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