SNOW AND AVALANCHE REPORTS

MARCH THE 18th – MARCH THE 24th 2017: weekly report of freeride conditions

High pressure week

SNOW QUALITY

This week has been characterized by mostly sunny days. We are in a middle phase, in between winter condition and spring condition. It’s possible to find all the possible skiing condition, powder, crust and even spring condition. These last days skiing is becoming always better.

 

SNOWPACK STABILITY AND AVALANCHE OBSERVATIONS

Avalanche danger level has been 2 moderate. Main problems were snow drift on all aspects and persistent weak layers on the shaded slopes. The last problem is particularly difficult to evaluate and requires lot of experience.  There have been some spontaneous avalanches of loose dry snow, mainly on Northern slopes. Others avalanches have been triggered on all aspects by the loading of a single person. Also wet snow is a problem, leaving early is becoming a rule.

 

 

SNOWPACK

Except for the alpine terrain, the snow surface had several melt-freeze cycles and the middle part is moist. Above treeline the snow cover is strongly wind affected. Especially on shaded slopes, within the snow cover, persistent weak layers formed, which slow a good snowpack consolidation

 

 

WEATHER FORECAST

Friday: cloudy with strong North-Western wind

Saturday: overcast with light precipitation and strong North-Western wind

Sunday: sunny with high cloud

Monday: sunny with high cloud

Tuesday: sunny with increasing cloudiness towards evening

Wednesday: 1-5 cm snowfall

Thursday: 5-10 cm at high altitude in Forcola area