"Getting the picture" is all about recognizing red flags and consequence.
When You Wake Up
Look outside. What is the weather doing? Did it snow? Did the wind blow? What do you think happened in the mountains?
Check the avalanche advisory
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Driving to the Trailhead
Stay focused. Watch for recent avalanche activity: Aspect? Depth?
Take note of recent wind activity: Which slopes are loaded?
At the Trailhead
Group transceiver check.
Talk to people who have already been in the terrain.