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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain: (2002)
by Bruce Tremper

Bruce Tremper is the Director of the Utah Avalanche Center and has been featured in a dozen different national and international television documentaries about avalanches to explain avalanche phenomena in a clear, accessable way. Bruce Tremper writes in a clear, often humorous writing style, and makes even complex scientific concepts easy to understand. This book is your complete guide of how to become an avalanche geek. It describes how avalanche professionals keep themselves and others alive in dangerous avalanche terrain. It begins with basic avalanche concepts and builds to an advanced level that even avalanche professionals use as a reference.

Five Star rating from Amazon.com

Couloir Magazine - If [you have room] for just one avalanche safety book, you will be well served by [this book].

"From 28 degrees to 60 degrees, this book is the Bible for the serious backcountry skier" - Doug Coombs, founder of Extreme Ski Camps Worldwide and two-time extreme skiing champion.

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Snow Sense: (2001)
by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler

Powder Magazine, Steve Casimiro, March 1999
Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler are the best avalanche instructors in North America, period. No other teachers have more credibility or put as much effort into the curriculum, presentation, and teaching methods. Fredston and Fesler's multi-day courses are lively affairs, insightful blends of theory, practice, fieldwork, humor, and thinking on your feet. Bruce Tremper, director of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, calls them "artistry." Their book "Snow Sense" is by far the best material available on staying alive in avalanche country. And their non-profit organization, the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, is one of the highest-regarded outfits for avalanche forecasting, mitigation, and hazard evaluation.

Product Description:
"Snow Sense" is the best-selling, easiest to read, most informative avalanche safety book available. Intended for skiers, snowmachiners, snowboarders, climbers and others who work and play in avalanche country, "Snow Sense" is written to help backcountry travelers learn to recognize, evaluate, and avoid snow avalanche hazards.
Avalanche accidents do not happen by accident; they happen for particular reasons. "Snow Sense" addresses the critical terrain, snowpack, and weather variables that make it possible for a slope to avalanche along with the human factors that allow most accidents to happen. If you don't want to become an avalanche victim, read this book.

Five Star Rating from Amazon.com

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The ABC of Avalanche Safety: (2003)
by Ed Lachapelle

The newly updated ABC'S of Avalanche Safety is similar to Snow Sense in that it is small and cheap. Originally written by the grandfather of American avalanche research, Ed Lachapelle, his protegee, Sue Ferguson has co-authored the update of the book that most old-time avalanche hunters grew up with.

Billings Gazette
This book should be given to every backcountry snowmobiler, skier, or snowshoer...The two [authors] know their stuff.

About the Author
Sue Ferguson directed the Utah Avalanche Center. She founded the Avalanche Review and co-founded the American Avalanche Association. E.R. LaChapelle was director of the U.S. Forest Service Avalanche Center in Alta, Utah.

Product Description:
The classic pocket guide to avoiding avalanches-updated with the latest in technology and technique.

• Authors have served as avalanche center directors
• The guide long used by ski patrol professionals
• Format redesigned for easy access to vital information

It's still the handy pocket guide offered at a bargain price. And it is still loaded with the vital information you need to survive in the mountains: how to determine potential avalanche hazard, traveling safely in avalanche terrain, what to do if you're caught in an avalanche, and search and rescue techniques. A respected authority since 1961, this enduring classic has been updated with the very latest research in the field, including avalanche transceiver technology.

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The Avalanche Handbook: (1993)
by David McClung, Peter Schaerer

The Avalanche Handbook was released a few years back as a replacement for the venerable and out of print Agricultural Handbook #489 which was the US Forest Service avalanche bible. Peter Schaerer and David McClung are prominent Canadian avalanche scientists and practicioners who've definitely been around the block a few times. If you are science-oriented and REALLY need to know "why?", this book has no equal and should satisfy you.

Four and a half stars from Amazon.com

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Avalanche Safety: (1999)
by Tony Daffern

A thoroughly illustrated manual stressing the avoidance of avalanche hazard by good routefinding and by recognition of dangerous slopes, written specifically for climbers, backcountry powder-hounds, and more conservative ski tourers.

Three Stars from Amazon.com

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Mountaineering:
by Don Graydon, Kurt Hanson, Mountaineers

For several generations now, backcountry enthusiasts have been getting their first introduction to avalanche danger and winter mountaineering skills from this venerable text. Mountaineering: The Freedom of the Hills is a general mountaineering and climbing book, but its section on snow mechanics and avalanches is better than many dedicated avalanche books. If you can only buy one book, make this the one because it includes all the other skills and knowledge you need to stay out of trouble in avalanche terrain. Sections on clothing, equipment, route-finding, navigation, mountain weather, snow climbing technique, rope protection and rescue systems are as good as it gets. It's rather remarkable that Freedom of the Hills can cover so many topics in such depth and clarity. There's definitely a reason why this book by the Seattle Mountaineers is now in its 6th edition! The title is available in hardcover or paperback and you can find the quaint earlier editions through Chessler Books.

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The Snowy Torrents--Avalanche Accidents in the U.S., 1980-86:
by Nick Logan, Dale Atkins

There's nothing like painlessly learning from the mistakes of others! Snowy Torrents is a multi-volume compendium of U.S. avalanche accident descriptions and analyses. This, the most current volume, covers the years from 1980 to 1986. You can assess mistakes that were made and get the skinny on legendary incidents they named ski runs for. You'll also be amused by some of the names that show up, like Phil and Steve Mahre and almost everyone who's anyone in the avalanche world. As Andre Roch said, "Remember, my friend, the avalanche does not know that you are an expert!"

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Canadian Titles

Avalanche Accidents in Canada - Volume 4:
by Bruce Jamieson & Torsten Geldsetzer

"Look closely at the causes & outcomes of 43 skiing, 17 snowmobiling, 20 hiking/climbing and 9 avalanche accidents involving roads and buildings. Over 50 photographs and diagrams illustrate the important terrain features and 27 graphs show recurring factors associated with the accidents."

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Free Riding in Avalanche Terrain:
by Bruce Jamieson, James Bruce Jamieson

" This informative book includes: field tests for recognizing unstable snow riding techniques for reducing the risk ways to recognize avalanche hazard selection of low risk routes phone numbers for avalanche conditions." The first recreational US avalanche fatality was a skier. Since then, most avalanche awareness texts were written by and for skiers, since skiers have been the ones getting into avalanche terrain the longest. Bruce Jamieson has done a great job of focusing his booklets on other recreation groups.

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Backcountry Avalanche Awareness: (2000)
by Bruce Jamieson

"Now in an expanded 7th edition (78 pages), this book is for winter mountain recreationists. Based on the Canadian Avalanche Association's Introductory Recreational Avalanche Course." 78 pages, Paperback.

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Backcountry Avalanche Awareness: (1998)
by Bruce Jamieson

"This book includes: search & rescue techniques, safety measures for sledding in avalanche terrain, field tests for recognizing unstable snow, avalanche danger ratings and phone numbers for avalanche conditions." As far as I know, this is the best (and only) snowmobile-specific avalanche awareness book out there and it's written to Jamieson's usual high standards of technical accuracy and concise usefulness. 50 pages, Paperback.

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British Titles

Mountaincraft and Leadership:
by Eric Langmuir

"Although the book does contain quite a bit of information useful to beginners, it is most useful for those who already have basic skills and want to learn a leader's perspective on backcountry activities. The beginner's perspective is certainly there, and respected, but mostly for the purpose of encouraging empathy and foresightedness in expedition leaders."

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A Chance in a Million?: Scottish Avalanches:
by Bob Barton, Blyth Wright, D.S.B. Wright

"While the fundamentals of avalanche science are the same in the Alps, America or Scotland, (this book) highlights some of the unique aspects of this phenomena in the UK. First it highlights that avalanches occur outside the Scottish Highlands - in the Lakes, Peak District, Wales and even Ireland Secondly, its analysis of UK snow conditions is superb, providing insight into how the climate here affects avalanche formation."

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International Mountain Rescue Handbook:
by Hamish MacInnes

"Last published in 1984 and now updated, an illustrated reference to modern mountain rescue techniques, which provides coverage of various topics including equipment, rescue dogs, snow structure, avalanche search, radio and location equipment, winches and helicopters."Hamish MacInnes is one of the great characters of mountaineering history. His rescue background is immense and his story-telling unparalleled.

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German Titles

3x3 Lawinen:
by Werner Munter

The venerable Swiss mountain guide, Werner Munter started the European revolution on rule-based decision making with the publication of this book. Now many European countries have embraced this concept in various ways. Munter's reduction method has become a popular way to use regional avalanche danger ratings and turn the into a rule-based way to reduce risk. American avalanche forecast centers tend to provide the same details in the avalanche advisories making his method unnecessary, but the reduction method works well in places like Europe where regional avalanche danger ratings are used. Also, Munter's 3x3 technique for organizing avalanche hazard evaluation, and his "high-tech, low-brain; low-tech, high-brain" perspective on avalanche rescue technology is quite useful. It is soon to be translated into English.

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