While knowing the avalanche danger rating is important, the ratings alone don’t provide information about the nature of the avalanche problem, or the kind of terrain where you’re likely to find it. The problems page describes the different types of avalanche activity you’re likely to encounter. There are eight types of avalanche problems, which we’ll discuss in the following pages. Each avalanche forecast will identify up to three avalanche problems, listed in order of significance. Each problem comprises four icons.
Hover over or tap the icons to learn more about how avalanche problems are presented in the forecast.
Understanding avalanche problems is the key to truly managing avalanche risk. With this information, you can make better decisions on which slopes to enjoy and which to avoid.