Mapping of areas exposed to avalanche hazard for the Norwegian Army was started by the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in 1986. The background to this mapping is that large-scale military exercises are held annually in northern Norway, in terrain where there is a high danger of avalanche activity. Avalanche areas are divided into two zones: potential starting zones, and potential run-out zones. All potential avalanche areas are indicated on maps, and mapping is carried out by computer using a terrain model and digital maps. An interactive graphic work station is used to outline danger areas. Starting and run-out zones are identified by using terrain parameters which may be extracted from digital maps. The usual scale of the avalanche maps is 1 : 50 000, with 20 m contour intervals.