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Glossary Index

Avalanche Institute


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Triggered, Natural Trigger, Artificial Trigger, Explosive Trigger, Human Trigger

A force or event which initiates an avalanche is called a trigger.

Natural triggers include new snow loading and cornice falls.

Artificial triggers include ski checking and explosive charges (also called Explosive Triggering).

Human triggers include any human activity on the snowpack - skiing, climbing, snowmobiling, walking, etc.

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