Avalanche basics

Fresh snow problem

Current snowfall or fresh snow that fell recently.

Main influencing factor: Critical amount of new snow, which depends on several factors, such as temperature or properties of the old snow surface.

Mostly widespread and in all exposures.

  • Dry slab avalanches
  • Dry loose snow avalanches
  • Spontaneous and artificial triggering

During the snowfall until a few days afterwards.

Additional load from snowfall on existing or newly formed weak layers.

Lack of connection between the fresh snow crystals.

  • Mostly at the transition to the old snow surface
  • Within the fresh snow layers
  • Deeper in the old snowpack

Relatively easy to recognize:

Note the critical amount of fresh snow and fresh avalanches.

Please note that small changes in the weather (e.g. changes in humidity) can significantly change the fresh snow conditions.

Wait until the fresh snow stabilizes.

Above all, pay attention to the risk of being dragged along and falling on extremely steep terrain.