Snow Cracks in the Central Zone of Chile: “This is a situation that should not be overlooked”
From Avalancha Sport
One of the postcards that alarmed all lovers of the mountain were the cracks that appeared in some sectors of the central zone of Chile where users in social networks recorded this event that can cause an avalanche.
In this context and after this situation, Avalancha Sport spoke with Diego Pizarro, Mountain Risks Specialist and Instructor of snow and avalanches of the National Association of French Snow Studies (ANENA), who said that this phenomenon is not unusual at the beginnings of the season.
“My impression is very likely that this happened because there was an intense rainfall with little wind and very low temperatures during that period,” he began.
“Regarding the fracture observed in the registry, it shows a delicate situation that should not be overlooked. Cornice cuts originated spontaneously or naturally in general are unusual and have to occur more towards the end of the season, so having these observations less than a month into the season is an additional warning signal “, he added.
Regarding the dangers that may exist, the specialist noted that “in this case it should be that the cornice does not collapse on its own or by human intervention in the coming days or weeks,” warning that “with a new snowfall the registry of this fracture might be covered and in the future it will be more difficult to manage the risk “.
About what should ski resorts do when having these types of anomalies within their areas, Diego Pizarro, recommended that “we must sectorize the area as soon as possible, use Colihue beacons and a rope that can be quickly zoned. In addition, we should disseminate a delimitation alert on the danger area “.
“Then a follow-up and ideally a good record of it that will help predict an increase or decrease in the IRA (avalanche risk index) in the area. Also have the IRA to inform the community about the evaluation of snow conditions so they can continue enjoying skiing in a better and informed way,” he added.
The snow expert delivered recommendations to be able to go out and enjoy the freeride. “Skiers and riders have to always be alert to signals, avoid ground traps, always carry rescue equipment and know how to use them; avoid small groups (less than 3) and very large (more than 5), inform yourself before choosing the terrain to ski or ride and have plan A, B and C”.
More information: Avalancha Sport
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