Overhead Hazard

Raven Eye Photography

The sledder in the photo above is exposed to overhead hazard from the overhanging cornices above, some of which have recently fallen across her intended path.

Overhead hazard refers to an avalanche slope or other hazard such as cornice or loose rock that threatens the area below it. When traveling in avalanche terrain, it is important to maintain awareness of overhead hazards and the places they threaten. It is wise to avoid exposure to overhead hazards when possible, or to minimize the number of people exposed as well as the duration of their exposure when avoidance isn’t possible.