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C. Avalanche Information and Awareness
One of the best places to get information about avalanches and avalanche conditions in Western Canada is from the Canadian Avalanche Association. There may be a local version of this type of service in your area if you live in a mountainous region. Otherwise avalanches may not be a very relevant part of your day to day life. Avalanches are, however, a very real danger to the Everest 2000 team.

 
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Canadian Avalanche Association

Cyberspace Avalanche Center

American Assoc. of Avalanche Professionals

At the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) Website, you can find information on how to interpret avalanche bulletins that are released over the news or on the net. (This information may also be available at your local or national environment or weather monitoring service.) The CAA site even has a glossary of terms related to reporting and talking about avalanches.

There are people whose careers are based in avalanche safety and snow science who would be good resources. Back country skiers, snowboarders, ski patrol members and high altitude mountain climbers are also good sources of information if you want to know more.

An avalanche cycle is a period of avalanches that is associated with a storm or warm weather. There are different kinds of avalanches that are named according to how they were formed, as well as how they were set off. For example, a SLAB avalanche or a PILE avalanche.

 

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