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Avalanche

Also: "Snow Slide", slide, sluff

Technically, a mass of loosened snow, ice, and/or earth suddenly and swiftly sliding down a mountain. In practice, assumed to be a snow avalanche unless another term such as ice, rock, mud, etc is used. Synonymous with "snow slide".

"Sluff" is sometimes used to refer to a small avalanche, usually a loose snow avalanche.

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