Avalanche risk in Victorian Alps

7 August 2018

Cold temperatures, strong winds and heavy snowfall recently has increased the risk of avalanches in Victoria’s back-country alpine areas.

Hume Regional Controller Stephen Grant said the significant amount of snowfall overnight onto an existing firm base of snow means there is a considerable risk today and into tomorrow.

“People in the alpine areas skiing, snowboarding or hiking in back-country alpine areas should exercise caution and remain alert,” Mr Grant said.

“Warmer temperatures are expected tomorrow however the avalanche risk will remain, especially in high alpine environments over 1500 metres.”

“It’s important for people to stay informed and attuned to the conditions.”

An Advice message is in place to warn the community of the risk in the back-country alpine areas.

Ski resorts will be undertaking avalanche control work to minimise any hazards within resorts. People skiing or snowboarding in those areas are asked to use maintained and monitored slopes.

It is advised that those driving in the area should take care, stay on the main roads and observe any road closures.

In Victoria, you can get emergency information from a number of sources including the VicEmergency app, www.emergency.vic.gov.au, (External link)tuning in to ABC radio or other emergency broadcasters including commercial and community radio stations or Sky TV or by phoning the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 and following VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.

Check the VicTraffic website (traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/) for road closures or call 13 11 70.

For information about staying safe in the snow visit www.snowsafe.org.au (External link)