To be specific, too scared to leave the trail. Switzerland has had heaps of snow, and more is forecast but there's a problem, more than just your simple avalanche problem.
1. Not a drop of snow until late december, then 8 feet in one week.
2. Regular snowfalls continue.
3. It's been getting warm, very warm at times, even up to high altitudes.
The result is, I've seen some 4 foot deep slab avalanches, in places I've never seen before. My friends have posted lots of pics of facebook of avalanches, in areas I know very well, and it's just terrifying. With such variations in temperature occurring on a daily basis, I imagine even the most experienced patroller must be struggling to predict what's a risk and what is not.
There's another 30cm due on thursday, and it's supposed to stay cold for at least a week after that, but it's the 3-4 feet of base under that, that's a concern. Plus it's sitting on dry grass, well, by that, I mean, a huge snowfall on bare earth. There was no buildup of layers.
Anyway, gonna stick to the trail and the bump runs. Haven't heard of an avalanche occuring on a bump run. Probably do some off piste around Avoriaz in Portes du Soleil, it's usually a huge bump run.