Weather Influences on Snow Safety and Avalanches — Wind

Wind is the ultimate architect of avalanches. As snow is moved the typical dendritic crystal shape we understand as a snowflake is broken into tiny particles due to air friction and multiple collisions. These small particles easily form dense deposits on the ground which often poorly bond to other snow layers, increasing the risk of avalanche.

Basic Wind…

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James Streater

Head coach and owner of Maverix Snow Ltd. He holds the worlds highest snowsport qualification ISTD.