In this study in recent winters, simple field observations correlated with the local avalanche danger better than snowpack tests. However, when Persistent Slabs dominate the Public Bulletin, snowpack tests may be helpful to supplement the field observations (they are better indicators of instability than stability). In spite of their limitations for selecting low risk terrain on the current day, snowpack tests may - over time - help recreationists become better at interpreting the bulletin and making low risk decisions.

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