What triggers an Avalanche

Wind is one of the most common causes of avalanches. Wind can deposit snow 10 times faster than snow falling from storms. Plus any added weight from snow storms can also cause avalanches. If the weight from a new snow is added faster than the underneath weak-layer can adjust to its load, than it fractures, and an avalanche is born. Strong sun or warm temperatures can also cause avalanches, by rapidly melting snow. Always think AVALANCHE! In 95 percent of all incidents involving avalanches, the VICTIM, or someone in the victims group triggers the avalanche.
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