online avalanche course

Avalanche formation

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This chapter introduces the concepts of snowpack layering, and describes different types of avalanches, how to recognize lurking danger, what can set them off, and their destructive potential. Our goal is for you to understand the basics of why avalanches occur, and the kinds of avalanches that can happen. Avalanches are not flukes of nature - understanding a few basic concepts can position you well to avoid them and their associated consequences!

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Snowpack layering