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Avalanche risk in Victorian Alps

POSTED: 
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.”

The State Emergency Service has issued an Advice message 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.

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

For more information:

Visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Tune in to ABC Local Radio, commercial and designated community radio stations, or Sky News TV.

Call the VicEmergency Hotline to talk to someone about this warning or freecall 1800 226 226.

People who are deaf, hard of hearing, or who have a speech/communication impairment can contact VicEmergency Hotline via the National Relay Service on 1800 555 677.

For help with English, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (free-call) and ask them to telephone VicEmergency Hotline. If you know someone who cannot speak Engligh, provide them with this number.

Download the VicEmergency app or follow VicEmergency on Twitter or Facebook

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

For information on staying safe in the snow go to www.snowsafe.org.au