The 5 Red Flags Unstable Snow & Avalanche Danger – Video

February 6th, 2019


Mountainwatch | Video

Avalanche and snow science can seem dauntingly complex, and often rightly so. This short clip from Craig Gordon of the Utah Avalanche Centre simplifies it for us with 5 absolute red flags for snow instability. 


  • – Recent Avalanche Activity
  • – Crackling and Collapsing Sounds (WHUMPH)
  • – Strong Winds
  • – Heavy Snowfall
  • – Rapidly Rising Temps


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