At around midday on Friday the 12th of April 2013, a huge avalanche occurred above Taconnaz in Chamonix. Significant snowfall and high winds at altitude have been accompanied by temperature increases in recent days, the combination of which are particularly conducive to an increase in avalanche activity.
Thankfully the paravalanche at the bottom of the Taconnaz glacier broke the force of the slide and there are currently no reports of any damage or casualties. The avalanche did, however, create an enormous powder cloud that covered parts of the town of Taconnaz and the Route Blanche - the main road to Chamonix and the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
The incident is clear evidence of the current avalanche risk (high-considerable) and authorities are recommending anyone heading into the high mountains to exercise extreme caution this weekend.