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Liam Brown - on 19 Dec 2012
Good book on avalanche safety?
jas wood - on 19 Dec 2012
Liam Brown - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to jas wood:

Jamie Simpson - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown:

Staying alive in avalanche terrain by Bruce Tremper is very good.

Chance in a million? : Scottish Avalanches by Barton & wright is also good. Interesting stories between technical detail.
Ronbo - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown:

Having several of the avalanche books, I think the ABC's of avalanche safety by E Chappelle is the best book, Bruce templar's book is better but is far longer. Don't get the avalanche handbook unless you are an avalanche forecaster it is very theoretical, rather than practical.
AdrianC - on 19 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown: +1 for Bruce Tremper of the thicker textbooks but as Ronbo says, shorter is probably better as a start-point.
LRB - on 20 Dec 2012
In reply to AdrianC: +1 on Bruce Tremper's book too. MCofS have some useful resources on their website:


Their avalanche safety course is also very good value.
JIB - on 20 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown: Fortunately, there's a range of materials which are widely available and cost nothing to access on the 'net (apart from your time searching for them). Sadly, a number of the links from the SAIS site no longer seem to work.

Try these:-




It depends on what exactly you are looking for, as each text offers something slightly different. For example, 'A Chance in a Million?' offers a UK perspective on avalanche accidents and avoidance, but it doesn't reflect on the knowledge of heuristic traps or developments in propagation tests which have occurred. 'The Avalanche Handbook' is a comprehensive text designed for those who wish to develop a fuller range of knowledge of the hazard. In between, there is a range of texts which can have specific activity focuses (skiing, climbing, or all-round).

I'd suggest 'Snow Sense' which offers a good introduction to avalanche hazard management and provides strategies for managing the hazard, then move on to Tremper's 'Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain'.

Best of all, attend an avalanche awareness course.
BruceM - on 20 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown:
I vote Bruce Tremper's book.

Americans write the best books.
Davy Virdee - on 20 Dec 2012
In reply to BruceM:

Snow Sense by Fredston and Fresler.

An excellent book which helps you develop a good picture and narrative for assinging avalanche hazard.

Avalanche Robert Bolognesi is also very good.

As others have mentioned, Chance in a Million is a good text with an excellent Scottish perspective.
Young Fox on 20 Dec 2012
In reply to Liam Brown:

Avalanche Know - How by Gunter Durer & Brian Farquharson both IFMGA guides is a tremendous little book. Very simple explanations of snow science, avalanche avoidance and safe travel. I use it as the core text on avalanche courses. And its quite cheap from Amazon.

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