Woo hoo! Winter is back! Finally, good conditions in the backcountry. But with heavy snowfalls that have accumulated on almost non existent base, and high winds moving snow around onto the leeward side of slopes, take care out there.
Mountain Sports Collective (MSC) reports that ‘the rate of accumulation, particularly on aspects lee to the north west is a problem. A considerable wind slab avalanche hazard exists as observed at both Falls Creek and Mt Hotham resorts and believed to be widespread particularly in the alpine (above 1650m)’.
These conditions exist across the Alps.
Check here for the MSC Backcountry conditions bulletins before heading out.
MSC says: ‘Conservative terrain choices are advised for travelers in the backcountry for the foreseeable future’.