Avalanche risk in little snow? Recent case studies


Avalanche risk in little snow? Recent case studies

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22/10/2022 09:00 - 09:45
Silfurberg B

This lecture talks about avalanche risk that often goes unnoticed i.e. when there is not a lot of snow. Recent serious avalanches from 2017 to 2022 will be analyzed. In these cases the snowpack was thin yet this resulted in a detrimental outcome surprising the first responders. Yet by analyzing the events clues in weather and the snowpack indicate clearly that avalanche risk is present. Weak layers between older and newer snow can be extremely volatile and deteriorate very rapidly with changes in the weather. These risk factors will be discussed and participants will hopefully leave with a better understanding of what they need to observe while traveling in the mountains during winter.