What does the scale above mean to you as a skier or snowboarder in the Gulmarg backcountry? Remember, this advisory is for the Gulmarg backcountry, which means the terrain that is outside of Gulmarg Ski Area. The red areas in the photo below are the Gulmarg backcountry, and the green area is Gulmarg Ski Area. This advisory does not apply to the green zone ski area. Read more here.
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7 March 2017 – Avalanche danger today above Treeline (>3000m) is Moderate (2). Natural avalanches unlikely, human-triggered avalanches possible. The primary concern is small wind slabs on Northwest to Northeast aspects beneath the ridgetops at the tops of start zones in the backcountry bowls of Mount Apharwat. A dusting of new snow overnight with winds in the catchments areas on top of Mount Apharwat has deposited fresh shallow wind slabs. To manage the dangers of this hazard, choose slopes without terrain traps (gullies, rocks, trees) beneath. A small wind slab could carry you over and into terrain traps causing traumatic injury. At Treeline and Below, avalanche danger is Low (1). Normal caution is advised, look out for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/index.php/. We now have enough snow in the conifer forests for skiers and riders to get trapped in tree wells. Read more about this phenomenon in the link above. It causes several fatalities each year in other ski regions of the globe.
Release of a cohesive layer of snow (a slab) formed by the wind. Wind typically transports snow from the upwind sides of terrain features and deposits snow on the downwind side. Wind slabs are often smooth and rounded and sometimes sound hollow, and can range from soft to hard. Wind slabs that form over a persistent weak layer (surface hoar, depth hoar, or near-surface facets) may be termed Persistent Slabs or may develop into Persistent Slabs. Wind Slabs form in specific areas, and are confined to lee and cross-loaded terrain features. They can be avoided by sticking to sheltered or wind-scoured areas.
Weather Forecast (link:http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Gulmarg/6day/mid)