The wind stopped the cabin lift to Sněžka, the lower section to Růžová hora in operation

The wind stopped the cabin lift to Sněžka, the lower section to Růžová hora in operation

The wind stopped the cabin lift on Sněžka, the lower section on Růzová hora in operation

Cabin cable car from Peca pod Sněžkou via Růžová hora to Sněžkou (pictured on May 12, 2021).

Pec pod Sněžkou (Trutnovsko) – Strong wind stopped the upper section of the cabin cable car to Sněžkou from Růžová hora again today. The lower section from Peca pod Sněžkou to Růžová hora is in operation, the lift operators reported on the website. The cable car can be in operation up to a wind speed of 60 km/h, the situation can change during the day. When the upper section is out of service, people can go from Růžová hora to Sněžka on foot, the route is 2.5 kilometers long. The cable car does not transport skiers or cross-country skiers.

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The upper section of the cable car to Sněžka did not run due to the strong wind on Saturday as well. After midnight today, the wind on Sněžka reached a speed of over 90 kilometers per hour in gusts, according to data from the Anežka post office measuring station at the top of Sněžka. During the morning, however, a weaker wind was recorded on Sněžka.

According to the KRNAP Administration, the snow peak with a height of 1,603 meters has no analogues in the Central European area. It has the shape of a three-sided pyramid that juts out into the atmosphere above the Krkonoše ridges. Therefore, despite the low altitude, the climate is arctic and alpine, and often does not even reflect the overall nature of the weather in the Krkonoše Mountains.

In the Krkonoše avalanche registers, the second level of avalanche danger applies out of five, which means a moderate risk of avalanches, the conditions for hikes are mainly safely. There is 100 to 150 centimeters of snow on the Krkonoše ridges, there is more on the leeward slopes of the northeast to southwest directions in breakaway zones and in gullies.

“Above the forest belt, on the NE to SW slopes, due to the wind, slabs of snow have formed, slab avalanches from blown snow can occur here,” said Robert Dlouhý from the Krkonoše mountain service. a weak ice crust on which three centimeters of new snow fell in combination with a northerly wind. “Currently, temperatures on the ridges are slightly below zero, the snow cover is moist below 1,300 meters above sea level, and even wet with decreasing altitude. Wet snow avalanches can occur here in all exposures,” said Dlouhý in the morning.

Avalanche release is possible mainly with a large additional load, especially on steep slopes usually indicated in the avalanche forecast. The possibility of spontaneous release of very large avalanches is not assumed. The avalanche danger tendency is persistent, the mountain service said.

Avalanche locations in the Giant Mountains are Kotelní jámy, the Bílé Labe valley from Bouda u Bílé Labe, Kozí hřbety and Labský, Obří, Dlouhý and Modrý důl. Several dozen avalanches occur annually in the Krkonoše Mountains, but they do not affect populated areas, ski slopes or access roads.