Snow cover and Snowpack
Due to the long period without big snowfall, the snowcover locally starts to be scarce, it starts to be good over 2000 m.áIn the lateral valleys snow cover continue above 1700-1900 m at south, above 1300-1500 m at north. In the central area of the Region snow cover level is higher. Uprising in altitude, there are eroded areas especially above 2800 m, close to bumps and ridges.
On cold slopes there are many layers of faceted crystals that create an unfavorable basis for the new snowfall with strong winds (immediate collapse due to overload). Unlike smooth crusts that do not favor the good bond of the fresh snow with the old coat.
Observed avalanches (last 24h): on the border with France isolated small surface sluffs on the southern slopes at the lowest altitudes.
Skiing conditions: not so good.
Many slopes with hard snow from wind (N-NW) or from refreezing (steep S-SW): technically difficult uphill. The snow changes in a small space: old tracks, sastrugi, even non-load-bearing crust, etc. Some areas with soft snow (faceted crystals) in the cold slopes sheltered from the wind (NE-N-NW). Stones outcropping near ridges and hills.