Avalanche Safety - Glossary

Glossary of Avalanche Terminology

Avalanche Safety Tip
Look around you. If lots of avalanches have released on the same slope orientation/aspect as the one you are looking at going onto, pick another route.

Avalanche Risk Scale

A (generally) five level scale of increasing risk, by which the relative danger of avalanche can be communicated. See Avalanche Risk Levels


Small and shallow avalanche, usually occurring naturally - can be indicative of instabilities in the upper layers of the snow pack.

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