Wind slabs may be reactive to human triggering especially on North facing slopes in the alpine.
Whumpfing, shooting cracks and recent avalanches are all strong inicators of unstable snowpack.Avoid freshly wind loaded features, especially near ridge crests, roll-overs and in steep terrain.
Aspects: North, North East.
Expected Size1 - 1.5
The likelihood of loose avalanches increases as temperatures warm through the day and/or if the sun comes out for a period of time. Loose wet avalanches are more likely in areas with fresh snow.
A moist/wet snow surface, pinwheeling and natural avalanches all indicate a weakening snowpack.Avoid exposure to terrain traps where the consequences of a small avalanche could be serious.
Aspects: South East, South, South West.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.