Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger (January 9, 2019)

Weather Alert – U. S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland (January 9, 2019)


Subject: U.S. Embassy Bern – Weather Alert – High Avalanche Danger
Location: Switzerland and Liechtenstein Alpine Regions
Event: The Swiss Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report a significant increase in avalanche danger as a consequence of fresh snow and strong wind.  In the late morning danger level 4 (high) will be reached in some regions, particularly in Western Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  Avalanches can be released very easily.  Large and occasionally very large natural avalanches are to be expected.  Exposed parts of transportation routes can be endangered in some cases.  The conditions are very critical for snow sport activities outside marked and open pistes.
Actions to take: Follow the instructions of local authorities and guides.
Avoid back country skiing (“off piste”) or other winter sports in affected areas.
Stay on marked and open pistes for snow sport activities.
Monitor local media for updates before and during your travel.
Monitor websites of the European Avalanche Warning system and the
Swiss Avalanche Report website  situation.html
Assistance: U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)

State Department
Bureau of Consular Affairs
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+1-202-501-4444 (from other countries)·