Engelberg is getting hammered this weekend.
So, after a week of heavy rain in the village on 1050 m.a.s.l we have managed to up our snowpack with a 74 cm on the mountain. Not bad, not bad at all. We see the light in the tunnel, so to speak.
Pistes from the glacier down to Trübsee are starting to look like it usually does – white. A sight for sore eyes. Looking at this weekends weather report it seems like we are getting stuffed with more than we could have wished for, a staggering 1,3 m is supposed to drop. If this is the case, oh lord we do hope so, the base is going to get a bit more stable and in a week we won’t be so worried about the regular shark attacks we are now trying to avoid…
Although this is great news for us, we recommend everyone to watch the Avalanche Bulletin on link here and below, the first snow of the season is always very unpredictable, and since the temperatures are getting so low, it might not stick so good together with the old snow, which now is wet on lower altitudes and will become an icerink for the new snow to land on. Just a heads up.
Snow depth Mountain (slope, 3.020m): 124 cm
Snow depth Village Location (1.050m): 0 cm
Snow condition: Manchester pistes, hard, partially powder
Latest snowfall: 6th December
Avalanche alert level: 3, significant
Open lifts: 11 of 28
Updated Dates to keep in your calendar
• Between 15th-17th December – Jochpass 2222m Open for Skiing.
The fresh snow of the last few days is lying on the unfavourable surface of an old snowpack in particular on shady slopes above approximately 2400 m. Avalanches can to some extent be released in the old snowpack, even by a single winter sports participant. The avalanche prone locations are difficult to recognise. Ski touring calls for experience in the assessment of avalanche danger and careful route selection.
Fresh wind slabs are only small but prone to triggering. They are to be evaluated with care and prudence in very steep terrain.
The Avalanche Warning Service currently has only a small amount of information about the snowpack, so that the avalanche danger should be investigated especially thoroughly in the relevant locality.
Weather and conditions:
// Ski Lodge Team