The best way to learn about avalanches and how to avoid them is to take an avalanche class from a qualified instructor.  You can get a good introduction to understanding about avalanches, though, by studying avalanche articles, books, and videos.  It's also important to keep your skills current and the following resources provide a great way to to brush up on skills and keep up with the latest technology, theory, and professional practice.


These are three of the best books to get you started and to re-read every winter:

Level 1
Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard, by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
​Avalanche Essentials: A Step by Step System for Safety and Survival, by Bruce Tremper
Allen & Mike's Avalanche Book: A Guide to Staying Safe in Avalanche Terrain, by Allen O'Bannon and Mike Clelland

Level 2
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper


A great collection of avalanche articles can be found at Avalanche.org:  http://www.avalanche.org/moonstone/


Web Tutorials

How to Read the Advisory The avalanche advisory is designed for people who have taken a Level 1 avalanche class.  For those without much formal avalanche education, this is a quick tutorial on the basics of the avalanche advisory.
Avalanche Danger Ratings We use a 5-point danger rating system, which is a standardized international scale.  Did you know that most fatalities occur in the middle level of Considerable or that the scale is not linear?  Well, read on.
Avalanche Watches and Warnings Confused about Watches and Warnings?  You're not alone.  Here is a quick tutorial.
Route Finding Exercise This is an online exercise where you practice route finding by drawing the route with your mouse.
Avalanche Problem Toolbox There are a number of different kinds of avalanches.  Each one is very different--how they are created, where you find them, how to recognize, how to manage and how long they last.
Avalanche.org Overview of simple steps to take to understand avalanches and how to avoid them
CAC Online Avalanche Course Multiple chapters introducing the basics of recreational avalanche safety. Understanding the principles of avalanche formation, and ultimately avalanche types, is the foundation for understanding avalanche danger.

International Association of Snowmobile Administrators

A collection of avalanche educational products created especially for the snowmobile community

Video Tutorials