20 March, 2017

What does the scale above mean to you as a skier or snowboarder in the Gulmarg backcountry? Remember, this advisory is for the Gulmarg backcountry, which means the terrain that is outside of Gulmarg Ski Area. The red areas in the photo below are the Gulmarg backcountry, and the green area is Gulmarg Ski Area. This advisory does not apply to the green zone ski area. Read more here.

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Snowpack Discussion

20 March 2017 – The first day of Spring. Avalanche danger at all elevations is Low (1) today, natural and human triggered avalanches unlikely. Watch out for unstable Wet Loose snow during the warmest hours of the day on East, Southeast, South, and Southwest aspects from 12pm-4pm today below 3200 meters. Watch out for shallow dry loose (sluff) snow above 4000 meters on Northerly aspects.  As always, Low (1) avalanche danger doesn’t mean no avalanche danger. Ski and snowboard with a partner, there have been several reported cases of  near snow suffocation accidents in the past week where people were trapped upside down in holes in the snow. Read more about this below.

Watch out for unstable Wet Loose snow on isolated terrain features during the warmest hours of the day today on all aspects below 3200 meters and especially East, Southeast, South, and Southwest aspects.
Snowboarder triggered dry loose snow yesterday at 4200 meters on a North aspect. Dry loose avalanches become a “problem” when there is greater than 30 cms of new snow (there isn’t right now). Choose terrain wisely today with a mind for terrain traps (rocks, gullies) above 4000 meters on Northerly aspects.

http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/index.php/. We now have enough snow in the conifer forests for skiers and riders to get trapped in tree wells and stream holes. Read more about this phenomenon in the link above. It causes several fatalities each year in other ski regions of the globe.


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