2 Mar 2012

Another stellar day yesterday, lots of fast groomers and soft snow to be had! Thirteen people did not have such a great day. Read below!

At 2280 meters the temperature was - 11, winds were 25-45 KPH from the South. At 1550 meters the temperature was - 6, 88 % relative humidity and the barometer is falling slightly.   1 cm of new snow fell over night.  In the valley it is 0. Observations taken at 07:00.

For the latest Avalanche Advisory click below:
Avalanche Advisory

If you have an older snow pulse air bag system click here: Snow Pulse

Some interesting information about avalanches during the first world war:

During World War I, an estimated 40,000 to 80,000 soldiers died as a result of avalanches during the mountain campaign in the Alps at the Austrian-Italian front, many of which were caused by artillery fire. Some 10,000 men, from both sides, lost their lives in avalanches in December 1916. However, it is very doubtful avalanches were used deliberately at the tactical level as weapons; more likely they were simply a side effect to shelling enemy troops, occasionally adding to the toll taken by the artillery. Avalanche prediction is nearly impossible; forecasters can only assert the conditions, terrain and relative likelihood of slides with the help of detailed weather reports and from localized snowpack observation. It would be almost impossible to predict avalanche conditions many miles behind enemy lines, making it impossible to intentionally target a slope at risk for avalanches. Also, high priority targets received continual shelling and would be unable to build up enough unstable snow to form devastating avalanches, effectively imitating the avalanche prevention programs at ski resorts.
Thirteen less people skiing today as a result of skiing in the lakeside permanent closure. They were all pass holders and the unfortunate issue with loosing your pass for a year is,  that also means loosing your bike park privileges.  For more information on permanent closures refer to the January 12 Th post.