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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain Reviews


Great place to start getting smart


Pros: Well written, comprehensive

Cons: A bit technical in spots, but thorough

If you have any plans to poke around in the backcountry, you should read a book or two about avalanches.  This one is a great place to start.  A bit more in-depth than some others I've read, but written in a very enjoyable style.  If you only plan to buy one book for your reference library, this is the one I'd recommend.

Essential Backcountry Primer

I have had this book for years and refresh the information regularly. This is one of the best, most understandable books on backcountry avalanche safety, along with The Avalanche Handbook by David McClung and Peter Schaerer. Highly recommended reading in advance of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) classes. Read this first before going to backcountry or sidecountry skiing.