Understanding snow and avalanche

  • New snow
  • Old snow
  • Avalanche

Most skiers know that snow conditions can vary tremendously from place to place, and throughout the season. Snow can be soft and fluffy, soft and damp, porridgy, in icy grains, or very hard and icy. Occasionally, it's dry and powdery, and sometimes, even perfect! Although these conditions are all snow, they vary so much that it is worth understanding how and why conditions can be so different.