After several pros were caught in unstable snow this past winter, it became crystal clear that even when you're really careful and do everything you can, sometimes you just can't know when an avalanche will happen.
This is interesting to me on a couple levels, mostly because my BC skiing has been very limited, and I'd like to do more, with proper education, but also because there have been some critical avalanches 'in bounds' in the past few years in areas that are not so easy to make perfectly safe.
That tells me that slack country skiing, or the more adventurous in bounds skiing is also an area that I need to be educated about.
But, even if you do everything right, sometimes something can go terribly wrong.
Kim Kircher talks more about avalanche risks in her Blog.
Did I mention that I really like to read her blog?
Edit: add a link from Kim's Blog with some exercises