Friday, February 20, 2009

Snow Conditions: North Eastern Alps

Today I got out on a favorite bad weather/unstable conditions ski tour in Berchtesgaden. 1260 meters of elevation gain and a bit less then 4 hours car-to-car. Throughout the tour it was snowing lightly and then by about 13:30/14:00 our forecast storm hit. It has been snowing steadily for the past 3 hours now and it will continue overnight and through tomorrow, increasing in intensity.

Last Tuesday was the last big snow fall; 80cm to 1 meter of new snow in about 36 hours. When this storm is done, we will get another 50cm and more is on the way at the beginning of the coming week.

On the roof of a mountain hut on an alm today there was 2.5 to 3 meters of snow. The alm was at about 1300m. The amount of snow that we have gotten over the winter will guarantee excellent conditions for spring skiing and ski mountaineering. Additionally, the steep north faces of many classic mixed climbs will be in excellent shape come May, June and July.

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