Yes, the avalanche would have been caused by an earthquake. Or perhaps it was just an avalanche caused by too much snow. But apparently Aaron nixed it due to budget issues. I also prefer S8 to late-S7. As said above, S8 looks good on paper. But as dumb as the writing remained for S8, the show seemed to relax (i.e., incompetent producers finally gave up) such that even the music score calmed down and S.A.D. seemed to diminish (although it still ran off Leann Hunley). Although late-S7 today probably wouldn't seem as awful in reruns where it all goes by much more quickly, and the incredibly splotchy, ruddy, grainy broadcast prints of 1987 a thing of the past.