This detailed safety guide, written by the former Director of the Utah Avalanche Center, Bruce Temple, is a must for anyone that spends time out-of-bounds. Complete with a staggering 180 photos and diagrams, this book is not a replacement for an Avy Safety Course, but should be used by everyone to supplement their knowledge of safe travel in dangerous terrain.
This revised and updated third edition of Bruce's best-selling book is organized according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes, and all topics have been updated and reviewed by peer experts. This edition also features a wholly new chapter in which Bruce pulls all the pieces together to create an organized, step-by-step system for making decisions both off and on the mountain.
Update 2019/20: 3rd Edition
- Revised according to the structure of American Avalanche Association classes.
- New chapter with step-by-step system for decision making on/off the mountain.
Questions & Reviews
And now for years I’ve been assigning it to all the avalanche courses I teach.
Yes, it’s that good!
My only minor quibbles are:
- The snow stability tests are kind of a stretch to learn from a book.
- Overall the book overemphasizes the ability to make safe decisions based on stability assessments (given the inherent uncertainty in almost all winter snowpacks).
- Although the second edition came out relatively soon after the first edition (with some very nice updates), the book could benefit now from a third edition to incorporate more recent research (as does the author’s shorter “Avalanche Essentials” book).
But the bottomline is that whatever your background, if you’re skiing in potential avalanche terrain, then you should buy and read this book.
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