A couple of articles caught my attention recently about homes in avalanche zones and lake beds in Northern Nevada (Incline Village and North Reno). Building and buying in these hazards is completely avoidable. Why take the risk? You could lose your home to the hazard itself, or it can be hard to resell the property.
If you’re thinking of buying a home in the mountains, ask the real estate agent if the house / property is within the alpha angle of the slide zone. If the agent shrugs their shoulders, find a different agent.
If you are looking for property where there are a lot of dry lake beds…say, like Nevada…then the best advice would be to build far away and up slope from the bed and shoreline. Just because the lake is dry today, doesn’t mean it will always be.