In the Alpstein Mountains in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden there are avalanches every year. Just recently in the vicinity of the Seealpsee. Hiker Eli Vogt was there last Saturday – and was impressed by the huge masses of snow.

During a hike on the Seealpsee last Saturday, Eli Vogt discovered huge masses of snow.

& laquo; Had this great avalanche caught someone, he would have been dead & raquo;

These come from avalanches that started during the last bad weather period.

& laquo; Had this great avalanche caught someone, he would have been dead & raquo;

Although Vogt is often out and about near Seealpsee, she has never seen comparable amounts of snow there.

That's what it's about

  • Hiker Eli Vogt recently found huge amounts of snow at Seealpsee before.

  • These are due to recent avalanches.

  • Both Appenzellerland Tourism and the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research advise against staying in the Alpstein Mountains in winter.

Last Saturday, hiker Eli Vogt found massive amounts of snow on a trip to Seealpsee in the canton of Appenzell Innerrhoden, which can be attributed to avalanches. “When my husband and I climbed up, we were shocked at how badly the Seealpseeweg was buried in the upper third by avalanches,” says the hiker about 20 minutes. Despite having brought avalanche equipment, she felt a bit queasy and thought about turning back. The snow masses that it had to climb were particularly large: “If this large avalanche had hit someone, they would have been dead,” says Vogt.

The snow masses that Vogt found only recently thundered down the slope. “That must have happened during the last bad weather period, when it rained up to 1700 meters above sea level,” says Sepp Manser, responsible for the hiking trails in the Schwende district, which also includes the Seealpsee. Softened snow increases the likelihood of avalanches, according to Manser.

Worry about naive «sneaker hikers»

Eli Vogt is often at the Seealpsee and has already found snow from avalanches on the way several times. But: “I've never seen such masses of snow there,” she says. For Vogt, the presence of several families she met at Seealpsee on Saturday was also worrying. «There were some people with sneakers and jeans without special equipment. In the event of an avalanche, these people would not have had a chance, »says Vogt. «People are naive and are not aware of the danger of avalanches», she continues.

Hiking in winter not advisable

Avalanches in the Alpstein Mountains actually happen every year, as Ivana Schönenberger, Communication Project Manager at Appenzellerland Tourism, confirms on request. The Alpstein area is therefore not accessible in winter, said Schönenberger. “There are no barriers, but the safety ropes are not installed in winter. We explicitly advise our guests not to stay away from the pink-marked winter hiking trails and snowshoe routes in the Alpstein », Schönenberger continues. In addition, warning signs would be installed at all important entrances in the Alpstein from autumn to spring, pointing out the alpine danger.

Emergency equipment indispensable in unsecured terrain

The avalanches at Seealpsee were not reported to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research (SLF). But: “There is still a moderate risk of avalanches there,” says Célia Lucas, avalanche warning at the SLF, on request. “There is currently a lot of snow in the Alpstein Mountains. Therefore, sliding snow avalanches that go off without any outside influence are still conceivable, especially on sunny slopes, ”Lucas continues. In addition, slab avalanches triggered by people are also possible, says Lucas.

The avalanche warning officer advises that you only go into areas with avalanche danger if you have avalanche experience and equipment. “In unsecured terrain, you definitely need emergency equipment with an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel,” says Lucas. It is also important to be able to assess the avalanche danger depending on the situation, Lucas continues.

 & laquo; Had this great avalanche hit someone, they would have been dead & raquo;

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