Be careful with ski tours – significant avalanche risk on the Tyrolean mountains


After the recent snowfall, the avalanche danger is again a big problem. With a view to the coming weekend, the state of Tyrol warns of a significant danger (level 3) on the local mountains. Extra caution is therefore required when touring or skiing off-piste!

Up to 40 centimeters of fresh snow has already fallen in the main precipitation areas in the Tuxer and Zillertal Alps and in North and South-East Tyrol, according to the state, and up to 30 centimeters in the southern Ötztal and Stubai Alps. In these regions in particular, there is already a considerable avalanche risk at higher altitudes (level 3 on the five-part scale).

Greater caution required
According to the avalanche warning service of the state of Tyrol, the combination of snow, wind and the current snow cover leads to a significant increase in the avalanche risk. At the altitude – where a cohesive snow cover might hold – it must be assumed that there is a significant avalanche danger. On meadow slopes there is a risk of sliding snow slides.

“Danger increases with rising sea levels”
“The conditions in the regions with a lot of fresh snow are the most unfavorable in comparison. The danger increases with rising sea levels. Shady slopes are more at risk. Sunny slopes should be critically assessed, especially near the ridges and generally in high alpine terrain,” the avalanche warner said.

Source: Krone


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