You can trigger avalanches that break just below the most recent storm snow or avalanches that break deeper on mid-pack weak layers. If you trigger an avalanche just below the recent storm and wind-drifted snow it can break 1 to 3 feet deep. If you trigger an avalanche on a mid-pack weak layer it can break much deeper and be much more dangerous. The mid-pack weak layers are more reactive on east and southerly-facing slopes where they are found around a crust. Look for these weak layers before riding in steeper terrain. You are most likely to trigger larger more dangerous avalanches on previously wind-loaded slopes at higher elevations or just below ridgelines. Avoid slopes where you see evidence of previous wind-loading such as cornices along ridgelines and smooth sculpted snow surfaces. You can always reduce your chance of being caught in a dangerous avalanche by sticking to lower angle, westerly-facing, or wind sheltered terrain.