Well, let me trace back a little, on Wednesday, exploiting a respiten in the bad weather I went skiing.
I had steam to blow off, so it was all good.
Talking to friends and colleagues the next days, I was "offered" to go skiing in the week end...
I politely refused, suspecting a fresh wave of bad weather and snowfalls.
Sunday the forecast was good weather and high temp...again, I felt prudent not to go to ski and give the new snow some time to settle...Bad reports about avalanches started to come in on Friday night and continued throughout the whole week end...
Villages in the mountains were isolated by avalanches falling and hitting the access roads, amongst these theres' Madesimo, home to Mr. Prickly. BTW has anyone "heard" from him?
Still reports about access roads to Madesimo (there are two) were a bit too "hyperbolic" to make me think of anything too bad. Also, Madesimo can be accessed by an underground tram from the village below, so, if the isolation would have been prolonges, I'd assume that popel could have been evacuated by that mean (living all but the strictly necessary in their mountain homes).
Other villages were isolated, Foppolo, Monte Campione amongst those.
It's been a long time since avalanches isolated villages here, for the main reason that it is not snowing enough. But this year it did.
Roaming in another ski related site (italian) I've found the link to this video, where an avalanche fell while the newspeople were interviewing the village mayor...(those familiar with Italian language may not understand what people is saying because a dialect is being used)
Another video, the same area but different village :
This is in the neighborough region (Piedmont) village of Macugnaga (also near the freeskiing resort of
This picture has been taken from an online version of a newspaper
(full reporti, in Italian, here : http://www.giornaledibrescia.it/Contenuti/484484.html?idnews=4250 )
Also, here, http://www.laprovinciadisondrio.it/ you'll see a lot of pictures and reportages of the disasters which happened (Madesimo is quoted as being accessible again)
The accidents count (death toll and near miss) has been particularly high...