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information about avalanches

In case of an avalanche danger, the piste and itineraries will be signalled as closed on:

Information Panels- with red closed signs or red signal lights
On The Slopes- with prohibition signs and in addition with marker ropes and flags
Local Danger Spots- marked with signs, flags and poles

European Scale of Avalanche Risk

LOW

- the snow pack is usually well stabilised
- avalanches only possible on very few, very steep slopes
- expect only small spontaneous avalanches
MODERATE - the snow pack is only moderately stabilised on some steep slopes, but otherwise generally well stabilised 
- large additional loads (e.g. group of skiers, track mobile, avalanche blasting) may release avalanches
- larger spontaneous avalanches are not to be expected

CONSIDERABLE

- the snow pack is weakly to moderately stabilised
- release of avalanches are likely by moderate additional loads (e.g. jumping skiers, pedestrian) on the most steep slopes
- occasional spontaneous avalanches possible

HIGH

- the snow pack is only weakly stabilised on the most steep slopes
- release of avalanches likely from a week additional load (e.g. single skier) on steep slopes.
- occasional medium sized, sometimes large avalanches possible

VERY HIGH

- the snow pack is weakly stabilised but mostly unstable
- expect large spontaneous avalanches
- numerous large avalanches to be expected
The terrain with avalanche risk is generally described in more detail in an avalanche forecast (altitude, orientation, terrain forms...)
note- colours (green-red) correspond to the "sign" given for each grade of risk (low-very high)
 


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