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Avalanche bulletin for Saturday, 6 February 2016

Outside marked and open pistes a precarious avalanche situation will be encountered over a wide area

Edition: 6.2., 08:00 Next update: 6.2., 17:00 Validity

Level 3, considerable

Snow drifts

Avalanche prone locations
In particular in west to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2000m.

In particular in west to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2000m.

Danger description

The extensive snow drift accumulations of the last two days are in individual cases still prone to triggering. As a consequence of the storm force foehn wind further snow drift accumulations will form, this applies as the day progresses. The fresh snow drift accumulations can be released, even by a single winter sport participant. Snow sport activities outside marked and open pistes call for experience in the assessment of avalanche danger.

Information on snowpack and weather

Level 2, moderate

Snow drifts

Avalanche prone locations
In particular in southwest to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 1600m.

In particular in southwest to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 1600m.

Danger description

The snow drift accumulations of the last two days are in some cases still prone to triggering. As a consequence of the sometimes strong wind small snow drift accumulations will form, this applies as the day progresses. They can be released by a single winter sport participant. Apart from the danger of being buried, restraint should be exercised also in view of the danger of avalanches sweeping people along and giving rise to falls.

Information on snowpack and weather

Level 2, moderate

Old snow, snow drifts

Avalanche prone locations
In particular in west to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2000m.

In particular in west to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 2000m.

Danger description

Somewhat older snow drift accumulations are in some cases still prone to triggering. As a consequence of the sometimes strong wind further snow drift accumulations will form, this applies as the day progresses. The fresh snow drift accumulations are prone to triggering. Additionally in isolated cases avalanches can be released in the old snowpack. These avalanche prone locations are rare but barely recognisable. Apart from the danger of being buried, restraint should be exercised also in view of the danger of avalanches sweeping people along and giving rise to falls.

Information on snowpack and weather

Level 1, low

Favourable situation

Only a little snow is lying. Individual avalanche prone locations are to be found in extremely steep terrain. Restraint should be exercised because avalanches can sweep people along and give rise to falls.

Information on snowpack and weather

Level 3, considerable

Old snow, snow drifts

Avalanche prone locations
In all aspects above approximately 2000m.

In all aspects above approximately 2000m.

Danger description

The extensive snow drift accumulations of the last two days are in some cases still prone to triggering. As a consequence of the storm force foehn wind precarious snow drift accumulations will form, this applies as the day progresses. Additionally avalanches can be released in the old snowpack and reach dangerously large size. Whumpfing sounds and the formation of shooting cracks when stepping on the snowpack can indicate the danger. This applies especially in Zermatt, in central Grisons and in Lower Engadine. Avalanches can be released, even by a single winter sport participant. Backcountry touring and other off-piste activities call for extensive experience in the assessment of avalanche danger.

Information on snowpack and weather

Level 3, considerable

Snow drifts

Avalanche prone locations
In particular in southwest to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 1800m.

In particular in southwest to north to southeast facing aspects above approximately 1800m.

Danger description

The extensive snow drift accumulations of the last two days are in some cases still prone to triggering. As a consequence of the storm force foehn wind precarious snow drift accumulations will form, this applies as the day progresses. Avalanches can be released by a single winter sport participant. They can in some cases reach medium size. Snow sport activities outside marked and open pistes call for experience in the assessment of avalanche danger.

Information on snowpack and weather

Danger levels
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1 low
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2 moderate
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3 considerable
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4 high
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5 very high
European Danger Scale with recommendations