If you’re a skier there’s probably a whole checklist you go through before you hit the slopes.

Do I have my ski poles? Are the bindings good? Do I have enough layers? Where the heck are my gloves?

One thing that may be even more vital is to check is the weather.

According to the Concord Monitor, snow sense is defined as a “general awareness of how snow comes into play in your world” and is a needed skill to cultivate.

Part of snow sense is avalanche awareness, especially with the increasing interest in backcountry skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing. The Concord Monitor says that a lot of New England Skiers falsely think avalanches only happen out west.

One place to keep in mind is Mt. Washington.

According to WMUR, officials at Mount Washington Avalanche Center said they are no longer releasing daily avalanche forecasts due to low staffing.

They also report that because of recent snowfall and winds, avalanches are definitely a possibility!

So, if Mount Washington is your destination you may want to wait until January 15th when the 5 scale forecasts will begin.