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Avalanche danger forecast for
Sunday 3/24/2019



AVALANCHE DANGER   Good conditions for ski touring
Sunday 3/24/2019
  


> 2300 m

The avalanche danger is  1-low rising to 2-moderate in the SE and 2-moderate elsewhere.

The avalanche problems are: wet snow and wind-drifted snow.

Wet snow
Good night refreezing: hard snow in the morning and danger level rising on the southern slopes, below 2500-3000 m, from the central hours due to the progressive humidification related to the rise in temperatures, though remaining in a danger level 2-moderate all over the territory.

Possible small and medium-sized wet loose snow and slab avalanches, also full-depth, from the very steep slopes and rocky bars. Also an hiker can trigger some small avalanches of wet snow passing close to the rocky bars.

Wind-drifted snow
Few old accumulations on the north slopes, above 2500-3000 m, mainly in the western area, bordering with French and Swiss.

The passage of more hikers could originate a slab avalanche on the extremely steep slopes, close to ridges, passes and on slope edges.
Rarely, as the humidification goes on also at the northern aspects, natural superficial slabs of medium large size. Persistent weak layers sometimes still present on N slopes: an avalanche could still mobilize a lot of snow, but it is unlikely.


AVALANCHE DANGER TREND  Monday 25:    Tuesday 26:  
Constant from one day to another, increasing in the central hours of the day.

GENERAL CONDITION
updated to 3/22/2019
 

Snowpack
Some old accumulations on the N slopes below ridges and passes.
On the southern slopes we have a refreeze crust up to 3000 m, which becomes moist during the day. On the northern slopes, between 2400 and 3000 m, there are still weak persistent layers in the snow cover and the snow is still cold and winter type.

Spontaneous avalanche activity
Some sluffs and small avalanches of wet loose snow from the very steep slopes and rocky bars, below 2800 m.

Snow cover
The snow cover is below the seasonal average throughout the region: in the west it is better, especially in the bordering areas. Above 2500 m the snow is more irregular. At high altitudes, glaciers sometimes have outcropping ice.

Skiing conditions: good to poor
The skis are fitted: on the north from 1600-1800 m, on the south from 2000-2200 m. N slopes: powder snow still beautiful to ski or wind crusts more or less bearing. Spring snow below 2800-3000 m on many steep southern slopes. Different areas with hard snow: useful knives and crampons.

Weather forecast

EUROPEAN AVALANCHE DANGER SCALE Rising avalanche danger during the day
 
5
VERY HIGH
 
4
HIGH
 
3
CONSIDERABLE
 
2
MODERATE
 
1
LOW

TYPICAL AVALANCHE PROBLEMS   CRITICAL LOCATIONS
NEW SNOW
WIND-DRIFTED SNOW
PERSISTENT WEAK
LAYERS
WET SNOW
GLIDING SNOW
IN BLACK: THE MORE CRITICAL ASPECTS AND ELEVATIONS
Snow and avalanche bulletin n° 116 issued on 3/23/2019 at 00:00 p.m.
Valid outside the ski runs controlled and managed by the ski resorts.
For an accurate interpretation of the Bulletin, a specific guide is available at