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imageTonight it should have been my first night in Cogne, Val d'Aosta, a pretty small town in the Gran Paradiso national park. But unfortunately I’m still at home, in Milano.

What is the reason?

No, it’s not because of some last minute deadline at work, but because most of the valleys in that part of the Alps are isolated: more than 3 meter of snow accumulated over the last week, and now that the sun is shining and the temperature is raising, spontaneous avalanches are starting to fall down, also one the road that connects the main valley to the villages. So the road are closed, and Cogne, together with many other ski-areas like Gressoney, are unreachable.

Hopefully tomorrow the weather is expected to be colder, and going on the road is less risky: but even if I get to Cogne, I think doing ice climbing in these conditions will be too dangerous (usually ice falls are where avalanches come down). So probably my week of vacation will only be cross-country skiing.

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posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 12:18 AM

Comments on this entry:

# re: When Nature shows its power

Left by Nic Wise at 12/22/2008 10:40 AM

One word: Helicopter.

you know you want to.

:) Have a great holiday :)

# re: When Nature shows its power

Left by Simone at 12/22/2008 11:10 AM

No need for the chopper :)
Just arrived, driving through an avalanche that fell on the main road, passing between walls of snow 10 m tall

# re: When Nature shows its power

Left by Matteo at 12/22/2008 8:12 PM

Simone, the unstoppable one :-)

# re: When Nature shows its power

Left by Si Philp at 12/23/2008 9:24 AM

Wow, that's alot of snow. After experiencing -32 I have so much more respect for mother nature.
I am jealous though. Our snow fall here in Scotland has depreciated over the last week :(
Off to Bulgaria in Jan though (last min thing). Hope you have a great and safe time on vacation. Looks forward to seeing loads of pics :)

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