Sunshine and warming temperatures will increase the likelihood of cornice fall.
Cornices become weak with daytime heating. Give them a wide berth both from above and below.Falling cornices may trigger persistent weak layers deeper in the snowpack.
Aspects: North, North East, East, South East, South.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.
Expected Size1 - 2.5
When the sun comes out it will quickly weaken the new snow and cause loose wet avalanches on steep solar slopes.
Minimize exposure to steep, sun exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong.Watch for signs that the snow is heating up such as pin-wheeling or the surface snow becoming moist.Avoid exposure to terrain traps where the consequences of a small avalanche could be serious.
Aspects: All aspects.
Elevations: All elevations.