Where do avalanches happen most often?
- The Avalanche Zone
- CyberSpace Avalanche Center (CSAC
- Avalanche Awareness: Information About Avalanches and Avalanche Safety
- Colorado Avalanche Information Center
- La Sal Avalanche Forecast Center
- The Patrol Pages
- Schottischer Lawinenwarndienst - About avalanches (Englisch)
- IGS - International Glaciological Society
- UIAA - World Mountaineering and climbing federation
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- The mountains!
- Avalanches happen on a angle much like a mountain.
Avalanches happen wherever there is snow laying on a sufficient enough angle.
It doesn't matter just don't cause one otherwise you could die, so if you here or see one run for your life
Avalanches usually occur in areas where the degree of the slope is more than 30 degrees. There are also other factors. One key factor is warm days paired with cool nights. This causes snow to melt and then refreeze, creating many different layers. This creates a zone in which avalanches are highly likely, and only need something to set them off, or a "trigger". This will cause the top layer or so to shear off, and bam! avalanche. It is highly unlikely that an avalanche will occur within a ski area, as the slopes are usually way less than 30 degrees, as well as bombing performed on areas where avalanche danger is high. Bombing is exactly what it sounds like: a cannon shoots small bombs towards a slope in order to act as a trigger. But avalanches most likely happen in moutaineous areas
Avalanches occur in the back country where we like to play. Most avalanches occur on slopes between 35 & 45 degrees. Slopes less than 30 degrees rarely produce avalanches, and slopes greater than about 50 degrees tend to sluff off the snow often, and not build up slabs, not to say they will never avalanche down. Stay alert, always pay attention to your surroundings
Avalanches occur when a large amount of snow and ice or rock falls suddenly down a mountainside. There are slab (or wet) avalanches and powder snow (or dry) avalanches. They usually happen after storms and are caused by weak layers of snow being unable to support the weight of the snow above it and the overlying snow cracks and breaks away.
There are lot of types of avalanches but two of them are loose-snow avalanche which gathers more and more snow as it descends a mountain. Another type is slab avalanche which is the deadliest and destroys everything on its way; most responsible for the great majority of accidents. There are also powder avalanches and wet snow avalanches