A test where a rider rapidly crosses a slope to see if an avalanche initiates. This technique is generally used by professional avalanche mitigation teams. Training, experience, and judgement are necessary to employ backcountry slope cuts safely. 

Slope Cut Caveats

  • They work well on thin, soft slabs. They do not work well on deeper, or harder slabs (and should not be used!).
  • They can be dangerous and should only be performed on very small avalanche paths or test slopes. Test slopes are small, steep slopes that have minimal consequence to you or anyone below you if they avalanche.