This is not a substitute for a certified AIARE avalanche course.
The slower moisture leaves, the faster snow rounds! The deeper the snowpack, the lower the ratio of difference to depth. You want a smaller temperature gradient. This prevents the moisture from quickly exiting before it gives snow time to round.
There are two types -- sun and rain. Sun always melts snow that has a strong southern aspect, which refreezes at night forming a hard crust. Rain crusts form when cold temperatures freeze moisture following a rain event. It's really smooth; a sheet of ice on top of snowpack.
9 major problems.
Layers in the snow that serve as points of failure.
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