Avalanche conditions lack a well-defined problem

For lack of clear evidence of well-defined avalanche problems, avalanche forecasts may advise the public to use “Normal Caution”. Normal Caution suggests that backcountry travelers apply standard protocols, such as carrying rescue gear, traveling one at a time through avalanche terrain, and watching for signs of instability. Small loose avalanches in extreme terrain can be expected during normal caution conditions.

If no avalanche problems are listed, backcountry travelers should still watch for signs of instability and expect to trigger small loose avalanches in extreme terrain, as shown. Credit: Crested Butte Avalanche Center.