in which the consequences of an avalanche are especially hazardous,
such as a gully, an abrupt transition, an avalanche path that
terminates in trees, a crevasse field or a cliff.
What will happen if it slides? The consequence of an avalanche
is one of the most important factors in judging the danger of
avalanche terrain. Bad consequences include trees (the “giant
bread slicer”) a large cliff or a terrain trap. A terrain
trap is a sharply concave part of the runout such as a gully,
an abrupt transition or a crevasse where avalanche debris will
pile up deeply. Since shoveling takes such a long time, deep
burials have a very low chance of survival. Very few victims
live from burials deeper than about 5 feet. Even a small avalanche
off the side of a gully can have very deadly consequences.