You can go to:
and you can check out the conditions of your local area, find out the if their is an advisory out, like today was "near and above treeline, avalanche danger is moderate on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects, 35 degrees and steeper. Below treeline, avalanche danger is low".
Up at Squaw there was an in bounds avalanche that ended up taking a ski patroller with it while doing a snow check. Today Katie and I watched 2 little sluff slides go off with people ripping turns and completely unaware of their surroundings even in ski area boundaries.
If you are going out into a place were you are worried about an avalanche DON'T GO ALONE! Wear a beacon, and most importantly make sure the people you are with KNOW HOW TO USE THEM! Remember, if you know how to use one, you'll be able to find them...but...if they have to look for you your life is then in THEIR hands. Before you go out hide the beacon and see if they can find it. You are not being rude by doing this, you are being safe...if the person has a problem with having to go and search for the beacon then that is a hint to you that they probably don't know how to actually use one. Bring a shovel, water, probe, food, etc. Be ready!
Avalanche's can happen at anytime, it is better to be prepared than it is not to be. Take the extra step to be safe!
THINK BEFORE YOU GO OUT WITH ALL THE NEW SNOW!!!!!