The avalanche danger in the Tatra Mountains has been raised to level two. Tourist conditions are very difficult. There is already 60 centimeters of snow on Kasprowy Wierch and the Valley of Five Polish Ponds.
Rescuers from the Tatra Volunteer Search and Rescue Service announced the second level of avalanche danger on Saturday afternoon. It means that the snow cover is generally well bonded, but on some steep slopes it is moderately bonded. Triggering an avalanche is usually possible with a high additional load, especially on steep slopes indicated in the avalanche warning. Spontaneous occurrence of very large avalanches is unlikely.
There is already 60 centimeters of snow on Kasprowy Wierch and the Valley of Five Polish Ponds.
Difficult conditions in the Tatra Mountains
“The conditions for tourism in the Tatra Mountains are very difficult. There is fresh snow on the trails, which is impenetrable in the higher parts of the Tatra Mountains. In places, the wind has created deep snowdrifts, especially in concave formations and under rock walls. Navigating in such conditions requires experience and judgment. local avalanche danger and adapting the route to the current conditions. It is necessary to have winter equipment such as crampons, ice ax, helmet and avalanche ABC, along with the ability to use it,” we read in Saturday’s tourist announcement of the Tatra National Park (TPN). There is a low cloud cover on the ridge parts, which limits visibility and makes orientation in the area difficult, which may result in getting lost. There is snow on the branches of the trees, which may fall, and in the dwarf pine layer, weighted branches block the trails.
Despite the quite thick layer snow in the Tatra Mountainsthere are still no conditions for ski tourism – informs TPN.
“High in the mountains, the snow is knee-deep”
As TVN24 reporter Konrad Borusiewicz reported on Saturday morning, the conditions are so difficult that TOPR carried out two interventions on Friday. They brought a group of seven tourists who got stuck at the top of Ciemniak in the Czerwone Wierchy massif and a tourist who lost the trail during a snowstorm and got lost in the Beskid region.
– A moment ago, Tatra guide Przemysła Sobczyk ran through here and said that there was knee-deep snow high in the mountains, these snowdrifts may make it difficult to move around the mountains – said a TVN24 reporter during a live report.
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