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Each year in the US alone thousands of avalanches occur The avalanches happen at many ski resorts and sometimes killing and injuring people who went out of bounds or did not listen to the instructors The avalanches also happen on other mountains that people are hiking and climbing on the mountains In the Cascades every year lots of avalanches occur with out causing any damage to anything This year alone in North America 32 people have died due to avalanches Avalanches dont have to happen on a mountain They can happen were ever there is snow lying on ground of sufficient angle In recent years there have been accidents with avalanches on the English Lakes the Cheviots and the Pennines and Wales Marchant 52-53 About AvalanchesThe rising amount of backcountry skiing and snowboarding is not good That it because where they ski the snow is not safe and is easily caused to slide On Mount Baker in Washington a skier was 15 feet out of bounds and was covered by a 15-foot wave of snow Martinet 52-53Many things can and will cause avalanches Many factors cause avalanches Weather is the most important factor in determining whether avalanches are likely and the evaluation of the snowpack is entirely dependent on this The snowpack depends on the weather One day it could be warm out warming the snow to 0 degrees Then the next day could 10 below That would make the snow icy on top and kind of sugary underneath That would be a likely problem for a hiker They could cause some snow to slide and it would go fast It would go fast because the sugary snow acts as ball bearings making the crusty layer slide in big sheets destroying things An other weather factor is a storm It is said that 90 of all avalanches occur during snowstorms Other weather factors also affect avalanche activity but not as much as storms and temperatureTerrain
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