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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29 March 2017 – Avalanche danger above Treeline today is Moderate (2), natural avalanches unlikely, human triggered avalanches possible. We’ve received new snowfall above 3300 meters accompanied by Moderate winds from the South/Southwest in the past 24 hours. It’s possible to trigger small to medium-sized wind slab avalanches in the top-loaded start zones of the bowls of Mount Apharwat, and in the Shark’s Fin area as well. See the avalanche problems section below for aspects. Additionally, give cornices some space today. Avoid travel near them, and it is wise to avoid traveling underneath them today.
Below Treeline, avalanche danger is Low (1), natural and human triggered avalanches unlikely. Watch out for unstable Wet Loose snow on steeper 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 and stream holes. 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)