An avalanche that releases from a single point and entrains cohesionless snow as it fans downhill.
Loose snow avalanches (also called sluffs or point releases) vary in size, depending on how much snow is entrained and on the size of the terrain feature where they occur. Loose snow avalanches release immediately below their trigger point and are typically smaller and more predictable than slab avalanches. As a result, they cause fewer avalanche fatalities. Accidents involving loose snow avalanches often result from victims getting dragged into terrain traps such as gullies, cliffs, couloirs, or trees. Wet loose avalanches can pack a heavier punch and grow to very destructive sizes.