Can destroy a house

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey

Very large avalanches can bury or destroy a car, damage a truck, destroy a wood frame house, or break a few trees.  A typical D3 avalanche would fill a hockey rink with about 6 to 10 feet of debris (~1,000 tons of snow) and runs the length of about 10 football fields (~3,000 ft). 

The debris from a very large avalanche that started out of view in the clouds. Note the two skiers for scale. Credit: Flathead Avalanche Center

The crown and debris from a very large avalanche. Credit: Crested Butte Avalanche Center

A very large avalanche. This would destroy a wood frame house or a car parked in the path of the avalanche. Credit: Flathead Avalanche Center.