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Summer hits the Alps and causes major wet snow avalanches.

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Spectacular Avalanche at St Christophe en Oisans, French Alps.Spectacular Avalanche at St Christophe en Oisans, French Alps.

 

Summer arrived last weekend in the Alps after a long winter. And that had some consequences. The snowcover transformed from cold and dry to warm and wet. There still were some dry slab avalanches on Saturday, but during Sunday and Monday the avalanches transformed into wet snow avalanches (that could become really back). I’m in Ischgl at the moment where there was an avalanche about every ten minutes on south facing slopes on Tuesday.

The result of the warm weather is a completely soaked snowcover up to 3000 meter and higher. The snowcover is even soaked on north faces up to 24000 meters and that is causing some very dangerous conditions in the Alps. It resulted in a lot of fatal accidents due to wet snow avalanches. The avalanche danger is high for a couple of days already. South facing slopes are dangerous after ten (in the morning that is) o’clock and north facing slopes could get really dangerous in the afternoon. This situation will last till Thursday...

 

Quote of the wepowder.com Powderalert #31 bulletin.

 

For the complete article and powderalert for this weekend read this:

http://wepowder.com/weblog/4401/Powderalert-%2331

A multitude of avalanches at Mont Vorassay in saint Gervais les Bains.

 

Avalanche on the road to Tignes and Val d'Isere


Edited by PaulE - 4/19/13 at 11:18am
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Oh wow!  I bet that's not easy to clean up. 

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Now we know what's at the end of the rainbow.

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What do think the chances are that an airbag would let you survive any of those?

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What do think the chances are that an airbag would let you survive any of those?

0%.
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What do think the chances are that an airbag would let you survive any of those?
How much helium in the bag?
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How much helium in the bag?

How about  a parasail that deploys with an explosive and takes you above it all. Might require a bit of training but why not?

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Well there's this which would make a nice tomb probably.

 

http://youtu.be/KKqdgvsbfFQ
 

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