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Glossary Index

Avalanche Institute


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Starting Zone


The area near or at the top of an avalanche path where unstable snow breaks loose from the snow-cover and starts to slide. The starting zone of a particular slab avalanche can be outlined by the flank, stauch, and crown walls. The starting zone of an avalanche path includes the collective outline of all potential avalanche fracture surfaces (slab and loose-snow avalanches).

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