The danger rose is used to indicate what the danger ratings are in different locations. The locations vary depending on which direction they face on a compass (north, south, east or west) and by elevation.
- In the diagram below, the danger rating is CONSIDERABLE on the northwest, north, northeast and east facing slopes in the 8000' to 9500' elevation range as well as above 9500' in elevation.
- The danger is MODERATE on west, southwest, south and southeast facing slopes in the 8000' to 9500' elevation range as well as above 9500' in elevation.
- The danger is MODERATE on all aspects below 8000' elevation range.
The location rose is used to describe where a particular avalanche problem can be found. The color blue indicates where the problem is likely to exist. The color gray indicates the problem is not likely to be found.
In the example diagram below, the avalanche problem would most likely be found in the northwest, north northeast, and east facing slopes in the highest elevations. It would be unlikely to find that avalanche problem in the areas indicated in gray.