Begunjščica, 14.2.2012

The winter in the Karavanks is still poor with snow.  The wind has blown away most of the snow on the slopes and deep wind slabs have formed. This thick slabs can slide under small load, so they should be awoided.

Temperatures are still far below zero so the snow transformation is slow and in some places deep hoar is forming.


photos: Miha Pavšek, Manca Volk


Small group from ZAMG and GIAM took advantage of good weather conditions for a common fieldwork in Zelenica area. The weather was just perfect. It was sunny and cold day with temperatures below zero most of the time. In some exposed sites it was windy.

The main plan was to ascent to the Zelenica hut, where we checked the location for meteo station. Then we continued our journey to Šija pass, but due to the poor snow conditions didn’t proceed the ascent to Stol/Hochstuhl, where we wanted to check the possible location for a new meteo station. So we decided to decent to the valley of Zelenica, where we made a snow profile. We checked all the layers, the grain structure, the hardness, temperature and other useful information we can use in avalanche bulletin. We also assessed the snow stability with few different methods.

We concluded the day with a ski decent to the Ljubelj valley.

photo: Miha Pavšek

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