The powder has finally came back!
With the beautiful snowfall, the snow quality has strongly improved. On all aspects and elevations, except for steep Southern slopes, below the treeline, it is possible to make wonderful off-piste runs.
SNOWPACK STABILITY AND AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
With snowfall and moderate winds, the main avalanche problem was related to, generally medium sized, soft slabs, widespread in all the aspects. Mainly during the snowfall and the day after, the soft slabs were really reactive. Above the treeline, within the snowpack, persistent weak layers are recorded; in isolated cases, the avalanches could still be triggered along these layers and increase their sizes. Several natural avalanches were observed, both loose snow avalanches and soft slabs, generally medium sized. We recorded some, small and medium sized, triggered avalanches by single skiers. In the alpine and along the treeline, on March the 3rd, the avalanche danger, has reached degree 4-Strong; decreasing to 3-Considerable since March the 4th. Below the treeline, the highest danger level was 3-Considerable, gradually decreasing to 2-Moderate.
In the alpine, the snow surface is wind affected; wind slabs and, on wind sheltered-slopes, loose snow alternate each other's. Below and along the treeline, on the snow surface, about 10-20 cm of loose snow are recorded, except for South and Western steep slopes, where breakable melt-freeze crusts formed. Above the treeline, at middle elevation of the alpine terrain, within the snow cover, persistent weak layers are recorded, especially on North-Eastern aspects and along wind-sheltered slopes.
Since March the 2nd, the weather conditions was variables, with sunnier days alternate to some light snowfalls and moderate/strong, both North-Western and South-Western, winds. On March the 2nd and the 3rd, days were overcast with moderate snowfall, we recorded about 30-35 cm of new snow in the village. On March the 5th, the day was mainly sunny, while March the 6th, the sky was cloudy with light snowfall.
2020_03_04_Simulated snow profile, on Northern aspects, Vallaccia station