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The danger description that forms part of the avalanche bulletin cites the predominant avalanche problems as well. The purpose of this is to focus attention on the main aspects. This practice capitalises on the human brain's capacity to recognise and interpret recurring characteristics. Each avalanche problem has a different cause and calls for a specific response tailored to the relevant situation.

Several problems can occur at once, but the avalanche bulletin does not describe more than three problems at a time.


If there is no conspicuous avalanche problem (often when a low avalanche danger {level 1} applies), the situation is described with the text "no distinct avalanche problem". This does not imply the absence of an avalanche danger, but indicates only that the danger cannot be unequivocally assigned to one of the categories of typical avalanche problems.

The avalanche problems cited in the avalanche bulletin are described briefly below.