Thursday 10.12.2020
Published10 12 2020, 08:00
Danger level
Avalanche Problem
Wind-drifted snow


Gliding snow



Adjacent to ridgelines and in gullies and bowls and in steep rocky terrain the avalanche danger will increase during the day to level 3 (considerable). Wind slabs and gliding snow represent the main danger.
Wind slabs: Gradual increase in avalanche danger as a consequence of new snow and wind. The avalanche prone locations are to be found in particular adjacent to ridgelines and in gullies and bowls above approximately 2000 m. Avalanches are rather small but can be released easily by a single winter sport participant. In isolated cases the avalanches can be released in the various wind slab layers and reach medium size.
As the snowfall level rises more frequent wet and gliding avalanches are to be expected at any time, but they can reach medium size in isolated cases.
Above approximately 1500 m there are 40 to 60 cm of snow. Adjacent to ridgelines in all aspects as well as at high altitudes and in high Alpine regions snow depths vary greatly, depending on the infuence of the wind. The new snow is lying on soft layers on wind-protected shady slopes above approximately 2400 m. The rain gave rise during the night to rapid moistening of the snowpack in all aspects below approximately 1800 m.
Several small dry slab avalanches have been released by people adjacent to ridgelines. Backcountry touring calls for experience in the assessment of avalanche danger.
Gradual increase in avalanche danger as the snowfall becomes more intense.