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Avalanche Safety Brochure

Avalanche Safety Brochure

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EXTREMEHIGH
CONSIDERABLE
MODERATELOW
AVALANCHESAFETY 
Some days the steep slopes are sae, some days theyare unstable. Avalanche conditions are predictable.90% o avalanche victims die in slides triggered bythemselves or a member o their group.Ater 35 minutes, a buried victim has only a 27%chance o survival.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
AVALANCHE FACTS:
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1) Recent Avalanches
 
I th a nw avalanch, mo a poil.
2) Sins  Unstable Snw as Yu Travel
 
MOTHer NATUre’s WArNINg sIgNs
•CrackingorCollapsingSnowpack•Whumpngsounds•Hollowdrum-likesoundsonhardsnow
 3) Heavy Snwall r Rain in the Past 24 Hurs
 
Signicantsnowfallorraincanmakethesnowpackunstable.
 
Avalanchesareoftentriggeredtherstcleardayafterastorm.Becauseitissunnydoesnotmeanitissafe.
4) Win Blwn Snw
 
Windblownsnowloadsleewardslopes,evenwhenitisnotsnowingout.
5) Sinifcant Warmin r Rapily Increasin Temperatures
 
Warmtemperaturesandgravitycancausethesnowtocreepdownhillandbecomelessstable.
6) Persistent Weak Layers
 
Whentheseareburiedinthesnowpack,youmaytriggeranavalancheweeksafterastormorwhennootherRedFlagsarepresent.Theycanbedifculttoidentify-checktheAvalancheAdvisoryforyourarea.
YOU CAN:
RECogNIzE REd FLAgS
United States Avalanche Centers& Avalanche Advisries
 www.avalanche.r
Avoid all avalanche terrain. Natural and human-triggeredavalanches certain.Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalancheterrain not recommended. Natural avalanches likely;human-triggered avalanches very likely.Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careul snowpackevaluation, cautious routefnding and conservativedecision-making essential. Natural avalanches possible;human-triggered avalanches likely.Heightened avalanche conditions on specifc terraineatures. Evaluate snow and terrain careully; identiyeatures o concern. Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.Generally sae avalanche conditions. Watch or unstablesnow on isolated terrain eatures. Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.
ICoN dANgER dESCRIPTIoN / RECoMMENdEd ACTIoN
MorepeoplearekilledduringConsiderableAvalancheDanger 
 
thananyotherDangerRating.
Additional Resources:
www.fsavalanche.orgwww.americanavalancheassociation.org
 Snow Sense
byJillFredstonandDougFesler 
 Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
byBruceTremper 
The Avalanche Handbook: 3
rd 
Edition
 
byDavidMcClungandPeterSchaerer 
Take a Class!
Checkwww.avalanche.orgforcourseprovidersThisbrochurewasmadepossiblebyagrantfromtheWattisDumkeFoundation,theFriendsoftheSawtoothNFAvalancheCenterandtheFSNationalAvalancheCenter.Note:Avalancheadvisoriesareforthebackcountryonlyanddonotapplytohighwayprogramsoroperatingskiareas.
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