If you recently upgraded to Avalanche 1.3.2 and are currently experiencing server-related issues please log in to the Avalanche members area and download the latest hotfix.
The stylesheet fallback system used in the latest version of Avalanche is causing problems on a substantial amount of servers resulting in increased CPU and processes. This is occurring because the fopen() function used to check for the existence of files is stalling and creating additional requests to the server.
This hotfix replaces the fallback system by using Magento’s scope-based configuration storage. Generated CSS file paths on a store-by-store basis are now saved in a configuration variable rather than performing cached file checks.
If you have any questions or continue to have issues with your server please contact support immediately. Thank you for your understanding!
Avalanche 1.3.2 for Magento 1.5+ and Avalanche 1.3.2 for Magento 1.7+ have both been updated with this hotfix.