Despite their speed and power, avalanches are not entirely unpredictable forces of nature. Using field tests and a deep understanding of how to identify weaknesses in the snow pack, staff members from the Utah Avalanche Center forecast avalanches and take preventative measures.
Produced by Erika Sutter
Filmed by Manjula Varghese
Music by Audio Network
Additional Photos and Video by Shutterstock.com , Utah Avalanche Center.