Still stable high pressure…We miss some nice powder snow!
The snow cover is still strongly wind affected. Except for Southern slopes, now, the best off-piste conditions are below the treeline, where the snow surface is still loose. Above the treeline, only on wind sheltered slopes, it is possible to find loose snow, nice to ski.
SNOWPACK STABILITY AND AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS
The main problem is related to persistent weak layers within the snowpack. Locally the avalanches could be triggered along these layers and reach medium sized, generally it is necessary high loading. We did not register natural avalanche activity. The avalanche danger was 1-Low for all the week.
Above the treeline, the snow cover is strongly wind affected. The snow surface is generally hard; only on wind-sheltered slopes, it is possible to find loose snow. Above the treeline, within the snow cover, persistent weak layers are recorded but are not widespread. On Southern slopes, breakable melt-freeze crusts formed. Elsewhere the loose snow stands on a hard snow surface. The snow cover base is generally well settled. Below 2500 m, the ground is not frozen, and the first snow layers could be moist.
An extended high-pressure area has affected the Livigno region, days were mainly sunny.