As winter transitions to spring each year, environmental changes like warmer temperatures, longer and more intense sunlight, and the shift from snow to rain lead to a shift in the types of mountain hazards seen during the springtime.

Though the threat of avalanches begins to drop off in the spring, these mountain hazards are proven to be just as dangerous and have contributed to hundreds of accidents and near-misses over the years. Having the ability to identify, plan for, and avoid these hazards can greatly reduce your risk when traveling in the mountains during the spring and early summer months.