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PowderAlert 9 2022 /23 | Less roulette, more powder

The third alarm in the group has just arrived

by Lars Oelmann 03/13/2023
The alarm comes with a massive line of thunderstorms and will bring some powder to the Alps again. This time with less densely packed warm and cold air masses, which made things quite complicated last week: Saturday the west lost out on the powder roulette table and the north won, Sunday it was the other way around.

This time, Ullr isn't inviting us to the casino, but the window of opportunity for powder dreams is also quite narrow, as it will be warm again on Thursday.

Alert period and areas

The alert will once again go from the Hautes Alpes to the Arlberg in the north and west, with the core again going from the Lower Valais to the Hautes Alpes.

But it's also snowing from Ticino to the Adamello region and also in the IT/SLO/Ö border triangle. The southern core is in the border triangle.

Wednesday afternoon it will all be over.


Strong to stormy from southwest to northwest. The changing directions are problematic, which then cover old drifts.

However, it should advance quite far into the Valais and in France to the main ridge.

Snow line

First very high in the northwest at almost 2000m in the south lower, at around 1400-1700. Then from Tuesday afternoon very low in the north and northwest at below 1000m and it will stop snowing in the south. Full amounts as powder from 2200m. But in the north there's enough powder topping further down, so it should also be good much lower down. Of course, only as deep as the base was.

The amounts

In the north: Come 30-50cm from the Arlberg to Valais and 50-70cm in the lower Valais to France. Here in the core, there can also be 80 or 90cm in potholes.

In the south: 30-40cm maximum in the west and supposedly 50-80cm in the eastern mini-core. But I'm not convinced, dear models. So rather expect less.

Where should I go?

Tuesday is going to be tight with the powder day, as it doesn't get cold until midday. I don't expect the trees to be high enough anywhere. However, after the snowfall so far, the Valais or France are the obvious choices again. Wednesday could be good in the north and you can look for a combined area, as it will break up in the west in the afternoon.

Thursday will certainly be good on the north side from 1800-2000m, even if it gets warmer. After that it will be very warm and possibly humid, which should make touring a bit difficult.


Unclear, but tending towards a very warm and possibly foehny weekend in the north. It's spring. Take what you can get.

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