The 5 Red Flags Of Snowpack Instability According To UAC 🚩

The 5 Red Flags Of Snowpack Instability According To UAC 🚩

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The 5 Red Flags Of Snowpack Instability According To UAC 🚩

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Avalanches observed on Baldy at Alta Ski Area on October 25th, 2021. Credit: Utah Avalanche Center

The ‘Red Flag 🚩’ trend has been sweeping Twitter over the last couple of weeks, and the Utah Avalanche Center decided to get in on the action. The trend has users Tweet something that could be a ‘red flag’ in everyday life situations.

Here are some examples so you get the idea if you’re not familiar:

“When he double texts 🚩” ; “When she orders pineapple on her pizza 🚩” ; “When she says ‘I’m fine’ 🚩” ; “When the waiter tells you for the third time that your food will be ready in ‘just a minute’ 🚩”

Get the picture?

Here are the 5 red flags of snowpack instability according to the Utah Avalanche center. Keeps these in mind when you’re out in the backcountry, and stay safe out there, friends!

1. Recent Avalanches
2. Cracking & Collapsing
3. Wind Loading
4. Heavy Snowfall
5. Rapid Warming

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