The risk of avalanches in Krkonoše has risen to a treacherous third degree

Jaroslav Soukup

Heavy snowfall, which is expected to continue on Wednesday, not only complicates transport but has also led to an increase in the avalanche danger level. In Krkonoše, it has risen to level three out of five. There are between 80 and 120 centimeters of snow on the ridges, and over 30 centimeters have fallen in the last 24 hours.

As the mountain service warned, even more snow has been deposited on leeward slopes, in couloirs and breakaway zones, i.e., potentially risky places.

Avalanche danger level three is considered the most treacherous and poses a significant risk. People may think that the danger is not yet that great and underestimate the situation. At higher risk levels, they are more careful and may not go into the mountains at all.

Hikers should be aware of avalanche issues when in the mountains. Climbing slopes with a slope of more than 35% is not advised.

On Wednesday, another 5 to 15 centimeters of new snow should fall on the mountains. Strong winds are still expected to blow, and there is a risk of snowdrifts forming in mountain areas and snow tongues elsewhere.