Pros: Thoroughly Covers the Fundamentals
Cons: Going BC without it
If you have any intention of going backcountry skiing, you need to read this book. It not only teaches you about avalanches, it teaches you how to think like an avalanche -- which is the best way to avoid being caught in an avalanche, says the book's author, Bruce Tremper, whose CV includes being director of the Utah Avalanche Center. The late Doug Coombs considered this book "the bible for serious backcountry skiers." The book has been re-organized to work with the classes conducted by the American Avalanche Association and has been thoroughly peer-reviewed. If you have room for only one book on avalanche, this should be it.