If you’re planning to head into the backcountry this winter, you need to be avy-savvy. One great way to boost your knowledge about snow and avalanches is to read a book on the topic. There are numerous avalanche books on the market and as an educated backcountry enthusiast it’s a good idea to read them all.
We highly recommend that you pick up a copy of one or all of the avalanche books listed below. Read them from cover to cover and review the material on a regular basis. It’s not a bad idea to read these books every single season. Obviously, it’s going to take more than a simple book on avalanches to keep you safe, but this is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to break into backcountry skiing.
Below are 6 avalanche books that every backcountry enthusiast should read:
- Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper
- Allen & Mike’s Avalanche Book: A Guide To Staying Safe In Avalanche Terrain by Mike Clelland and Allen O’Bannon
- The Avalanche Handbook by Peter Schaerer and David McClung
- Snow Sense: A Guide To Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
- Avalanche Essentials: A Step By Step System For Safety And Survival by Bruce Tremper
- ABCs of Avalanche Safety by Sue Ferguson and Ed LaChapelle
Do you have a favorite avalanche book? They range from basic to complex and you’ll need to choose the best one for you. Each of these books will teach you something new and that’s a good thing. Buy them for yourself or pick up a copy for your friends and family. (If you purchase through the links on this page you help to support A Mountain Journey and we appreciate it.)
Bear in mind that reading a book about avalanches is only the first stepping stone to being safe in the backcountry. It’s imperative that you take an avalanche course, read the avalanche forecast, go with a partner, and practice with your avalanche gear. Avalanche safety is a complex topic and it’s your responsibility as a backcountry user to gain as much knowledge and experience as you can to safely assess and mitigate risks to make smart decisions in backcountry situations.
What other avalanche books do you recommend? There are sure to be other ones on the market that are not included in this list. Please let us know about any other avalanche books in the comments below.
** A fan recommended Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose In The Avalanche Patch by Bruce Kay as another avalanche book to add to this list. It’s available as an eBook at AvalanchePatch.com.