Most backcountry journeys start with reading the avalanche forecast but, for most, that’s where the knowledge sharing and thought process stops. Forecasts should only be a starting point for any would-be adventure.
Planning is an essential part of any trip, but maybe having a plan clouds your judgement and forces you into making riskier choices.
The avalanche danger rating scale is a quick, at-a-glance way of conveying the current conditions. Here's a guide on what to expect from each rating.