A slow moving avalanche, that more resembled frozen white lava, occurred on March 24, 2018 in Mount Elbrus, Russia. In this social media age there is quite a bit of footage that has been described as the slowest avalanche in history or the fastest glacier in history. Regardless you can appreciate its might and nothing would be stopping it’s path until it slowed of its own accord. In the process, it basically ate a carpark.
Eyewitnesses have captured on video the moment a huge mass of snow swept across a parking lot in the mountainous republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in southern Russia, burying cars.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a total of fifteen vehicles were covered by snow as a snowslide hit the parking lot.
The incident took place early on Saturday March 24th in the Elbrus district of Kabardino-Balkaria when a spontaneous release of the snow occurred. No major infrastructure objects were damaged and, according to preliminary information, no people were hurt or reported missing in the incident.
Peaking at 5,642 meters, Mount Elbrus is listed in the top ten most prominent mountains in the world and is the tallest mountain in Europe.
Year round skiing on Europe’s highest peak (5633 M) with lifts exceptionally cheap (as is a heli-skiing option) but often broken down. A ski cat tow to 4700m in Winter and 5100 M in Summer is normally offered as an alternative or in addition when fixed lifts are operational ($6 – $10 US per trip). This opens up massive vertical and impressive off-piste options. The base hotel ‘Azau’ closed for ‘reconstruction’ in the mid-1980s and reportedly shows no sign or re-opening. Operational hotels begin 1.5 to 2km away and are accessible by bus or taxi ($1 – $2US each way). On average there are a maximum of 500skiers on the slopes daily, more at weekends and in school holidays.
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