However, the weak, faceted snow that formed over the past few weeks is not going away quickly. Where it exists, it is going to persist. A Russian roulette snowpack will likely be around for quite a while, as we discussed way back in November.
Now is a good time to remind everybody that the vast majority of fatal avalanche accidents happen on days with considerable or high avalanche hazard (Greene et al. 2006).
|Source: Greene et al. (2006)|
Addendum @ 9:30 AM
Just remembered that the UAC has some additional discussion of these issues here, including statistics for avalanche fatalities (I believe for Utah) showing a pronounced peak in the considerable category.
|Source: Utah Avalanche Center|