Chocolate Avalanche Ice Cream

A landslide of chocolate decadence! Smooth, rich chocolate ice cream overflowing with generous dark chocolate chunks, along with a ribbon of luscious chocolate fudge swirled throughout. An intense chocolate feast for any sweet tooth, this triple delight provides an avalanche of chocolate flavor for the true chocoholic!

Why Chocolate Avalanche?

Here at Mt. Hood Ice Cream, we think the only place to experience an avalanche should in your waffle cone. Unfortunately, avalanches can and do occur in our beautiful mountain settings.


What is an avalanche?
How to avoid an avalanche?
What to do if you see an avalanche?

What is an avalanche?

An avalanche is an abrupt and rapid flow of snow, often mixed with air and water, down a mountainside. Avalanches are among the biggest dangers in the mountains for both life and property.

A few facts:

  • 90% of people caught in avalanches start them themselves.
  • Noise does NOT trigger avalanches. Although the idea is a convenient plot device in movies, it’s just a myth that won’t go away.
  • Dry slab avalanches account for almost all avalanche accidents. A dry slab avalanche is a cohesive plate of dry snow that fractures as a unit, and then breaks apart as it slides--like a pane of glass sliding off an inclined table.
  • A typical dry snow avalanche travels around 60-80 mph. An avalanche reaches these speeds within five seconds after it fractures.
  • Avalanche accidents rarely occur within ski areas or above highways, because avalanche workers routinely control avalanche hazard on such slopes with explosives.
  • 99.9 percent of avalanche accidents occur in the backcountry—the bowls, peaks, and slopes outside of ski areas, where there is no avalanche control.
  • Nearly twice as many snowmobilers are killed in avalanches than any other group of recreationist. Snowmobiles can not only go any place a skier can go, but they can cover 100 times the amount of terrain in a day as a skier, so if any instabilities exist, snowmobilers are likely to find them.
  • Other victims in fatal avalanche accidents include skiers, climbers, snowboarders, snowshoers, hikers and hunters, in that order.
  • We can avoid the vast majority of avalanche accidents with just a little bit of knowledge.

How to avoid an avalanche:

  • Before you set out, check the snow and avalanche reports.
  • Look for visible avalanche activity. If you see avalanche activity on a slope do not go on that slope.
  • Be aware of snow buildup. More than 2cm of snow an hour may produce unstable conditions. More than 30cm continuous buildup is regarded as very hazardous.
  • Look for collapsing snow. Listen for a "whomp" sound. This sound means that snow is extremely unsafe. Move out of the area immediately.
  • Look for cracks in snow. The longer the crack the more dangerous the snow.
  • Watch for rapid changes in weather. Rapid increase of new or wind-blown snow, rapid warming, melting, or rain on new snow.

What to do if you see an avalanche:

  • Get off the snow slab. This needs to be done quickly and is hard to do.
  • If descending on skis or snowboard, head straight down the slope. This will increase speed. You then work to angle off to either side (preferably the side with the closest stable snow) and move off the slab.
  • If you're ascending there's really not much you can do. If you're close enough to the crown, you can try running uphill to get off the slab, or running off to the side.
  • If you are on a snowmobile, increase the power to move you to safety. If you're headed uphill, continue to move uphill.
  • If you are crossing a slope, continue across to safe snow.