...THE WHITE DRAGON'S WAKE...
SCALE OF AVALANCHE HAZARD RATINGS...
Natural avalanches are very unlikely, human-triggered avalanches are unlikely.Travel is generally safe in all terrain for travelers of all skill levels. Normal caution is advised to enforce good habits while traveling in slide paths--one at a time, never cross above your buddies, have an escape plan in case you are caught by a slide and get out of the way at the bottom.
Natural avalanches are unlikely, human-triggered avalanches are possible. Use caution in steeper terrain, especially on aspects identified in the avalanche advisory.
Natural avalanches are possible, human-triggered avalanches are probable. Be increasingly cautious in steeper terrain. As always, be prepared to change your plan or back off if things don't look kosher--even if it was a long hike.
Natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Use all your sneaky tricks for staying out of trouble--stay out of run-out zones, stick to dense trees, low angle slopes and ridgelines away from cornices.
Widespread natural or human-triggered avalanches are certain. What are you doing in the mountains, anyway? It's probably dumping and blowing hard. Stay well away from avalanche path run-outs and travel only in low angle terrain (like the local bar).