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P. Bartelt, T. Feistl, Y. Bühler and O. Buser Overcoming the stauchwall: Viscoelastic stress redistribution and the start of full-depth gliding snow avalanches Geophysical Research Letters 39

Version of Record online: 16 AUG 2012 | DOI: 10.1029/2012GL052479

Key Points

  • We define the release conditions for full-depth snow avalanches
  • We show why the snowcover fails using a simple mathematical model
  • We show why avalanche theories that ignore inertial forces are incorrect

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