Sunday 22 12 2019

Published 21 12 2019, 17:00

Sexten Dolomites, Eastern Pfunderer Mountains, Durreck Range, Val Müstair Alps, Western Rieserferner Mountains, Langtaufers, Western Deferegger Alps, Schnals Ridge, Ortler Range, Southern Stubai Alps, Ulten Valley, Southern Zillertal Alps and High Tauern, Eastern Nonsberger Alps, Saldurn-Mastaun Ridge, Northern Dolomites of Fiemme, Texel Mountains, Gröden Dolomites, Sarntal Alps, Prags Dolomites, Western Pfunderer Mountains

Danger level
Danger Level 3 - Considerable
Avalanche Problem
Gliding snow above 2400m, N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW
Wind-drifted snow above the treeline, N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW

The backcountry touring conditions remain critical.

Ski touring and other off-piste activities, including snowshoe hiking, call for extensive experience in the assessment of avalanche danger and careful route selection. Great caution and restraint are advisable. Single winter sport participants can release avalanches very easily. As a consequence of the ceasing of precipitation only isolated dry slab avalanches are possible, in the regions exposed to heavier precipitation in particular on wind-loaded slopes and. Especially below approximately 2200 m small and medium-sized gliding avalanches are possible.


20 to 40 cm of snow, and up to 60 cm in some localities, has fallen in the last two days above approximately 1800 m. The southwesterly wind has transported the fresh snow significantly. Fresh wind slabs have formed in particular in the regions exposed to precipitation and generally at high altitudes. In some cases the wind slabs have bonded still only poorly with the old snowpack. Fresh wind slabs are extensive and prone to triggering. Faceted weak layers exist in the old snowpack in particular adjacent to ridgelines. The old snowpack will be moist below approximately 2200 m.


There is a danger of gliding avalanches, in particular in the regions with a lot of snow in particular below approximately 2200 m. The northwesterly wind will transport the fresh snow. Wind slabs represent the main danger.