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crans montana avalanche

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Has anyone picked up any official or well-grounded analysis of the Feb avalanche?

We aim to be there again on Wed. But I have been scanning since the incident, and there has been nothing systematic on the web or on other media - that I can find. Anyone else?

The RTS 10min news video is the closest to any analysis. The main slide was caused by rock fall from the large outcrop above Col Du Pocket, causing heavy rock debris to fall onto the snowslope beneath. This triggered a compound powder/spring snow slide - very unusual - which accumulated into a high mass slide onto the Kandahar piste at Passage du Major.

Rockfall and deterioration of the shattered and poorly bonded Schist rocks in the area is well known. Derborance the village was annihilated by a rockslide in the 19th century, with 80 homesteads and cattle destroyed. But usually in the winter the rocks are stabilised by ice; now less so with record temps in winter and spring. There is a lot going on. In the summer I now have to avoid large areas of the hill which previously were easy neve slopes - they now are shattered unstable moraine, either slow or dangerous (or both) to cross and ascend. My head has the scars to show how tricky it can be - (going up to the Bertol Hut at 3011m, previously nice neve slope, now gravel on water ice or shattered heaped moraine: step up, rocks collapse under me, bang on the head as I fall, big hole in right arm).

So.....anything more than we have on PisteHors?
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 Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Obviously A snowHead isn't a real person
Nope, I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled. I guess there’s going to be a full judicial inquiry given a CMA employee tragically died.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@Steve Sparks, Thanks Steve. When I am out I will be talking to pisteurs and friend Yves, who runs Swiss Mountain Sports. I'll post up any local news or anything which might be of wider education re awareness.
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