Originally Posted by FOX3R
What are some of the best books for backcountry and avalanche skills and information?
In a completely different vein...
"Allen & Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book" by Allen O' Bannon
Easy and entertaining to read, and worth owning if for no other reason than the great illustrations and descriptions of how to build emergency and non-emergency snow shelters. Lots of other tidbits in there, too, on snow camping, skinning/climbing techniques, etc. Leaves the avalanche coverage to the more serious texts, though, so you'll need one or more of the other books mentioned as well.