Snow: the Alps on alert for the risk of avalanches – Franceinfo

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Posted the 12/11/2021 9:41 PM

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Update the 12/11/2021 11:11 PM

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Despite the lifting of the orange alert, the risk of avalanches remains significant in the unmarked sectors of the Alps and the Pyrenees, after heavy snowfall. Report from Les Menuires, in the Tarentaise valley.

A new delicate day begins in Les Menuires (Savoie), Saturday 11 December. The accumulated snow layers are very unstable. The pyrotechnicians travel in teams of two to secure the ski area. The purpose of the explosives is to cause avalanches, in order to purge the slopes. An effective strategy today, in most industries. “Positive result. We are secure, we are quiet, it will not go away today”, confides Klebert Silvestre, fireworks tracker.

At the same time, the grooming teams prepare the slopes. The volumes are impressive. A rather rare abundance so early in the season. In the resort, Pascal Petex makes daily observations to follow the evolution of the snow. Particularity this year, it fell in great quantity, and in a very short time. The skiers, on the other hand, take advantage of their first glides, while remaining cautious. “We take no risk with that. We listen carefully to the recommendations”, assures a woman.

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