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Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain: Essential Knowledge for Cross-country and Off-piste Skiers, Ski-mountaineers, Snowboarders and Snow-mobilers

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  28 reviews
This is a new, updated edition of Bruce Trempers acclaimed book, now in its second edition and sixth reprint - published for the first time in the UK. The book is regarded as the most authoritative commentary on avalanche matters. Winter recreation off-piste, particularly in North America and Europe, has increased steadily over the years and so has the number of deaths ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 10th 2008 by Baton Wicks Publications (first published 2001)
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Clayton
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You want to make smart decisions in avalanche terrain? This book is an incredibly powerful book to help you to accomplish just that. It was recommended reading for a Level 1 Avalanche course (3-day).

The book is densely packed with information and shows you nearly everything you should be aware of when managing your risk in avalanche terrain. There are definitely some sections I skimmed through since it was too science-y or didn't fit my skill level though. As a backcountry newbie, the section on
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HDubbs
As someone who has had some experience in the backcountry, mostly skiing in the Alps, this book opened my eyes to how ignorant I've been and just how careless I've been. Although I *always* go out with my shovel, probe, and beacon, I didn't really know about the conditions that make avalanches more likely to be caused (by me).

This book is a great reference for those who are going into the backcountry, or are thinking about it. Always read your local bulletin, if you're in Tirol, please look at
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Dorian Hodorogea
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would consider it the bible of snow analysis. With everyone going out in the backcountry, it is important to read this book, understand and practice. It will save your life. I cannot stress more that information is power and there is a ton of it in this book. If you ski/snowboard out of bounds or just what to understand snow, read it!
Ash
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much information! Had to take a couple breaks because it's so dense. Definitely will come back to this one and freshen up my snow sense.
Sofia Lewerin
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
great
William Coleman
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolute must-read for anyone venturing into areas of avalanche hazard.
Todd Kehoe
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a skier who has spent my first seven winters in Alta/Snowbird (Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah) in the Wasatch range & now have spent seven winters the Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Teton Range, I can say this book is a must have for backcountry skiers.

I have been caught in an avalanche once, it is damn scary, slides happen fast. I knew stuff but, not enough, I was lucky to come away with only a cracked rib. I knew enough to pick my line, but escape routes & how to survive. I am glad I
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Veli-Pekka Suuronen
I have attended a few short snow safety courses, which have mostly been about checklists and simple rules on how to stay safe(-ish). These are also covered in this book, but in addition, you actually learn about snowpack, how the layers are formed and how they change over time in different conditions and a deeper understanding about the snowpack instead of just listing basic rules about terrain choices and snow conditions. While the book has a lot of science, it is also very approachable and ...more
Mike
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A well-written, frank, and informative overview of the science behind Avalanches and how to avoid them. Touches on terrain management, snow-pack anatomy, mountain weather, climate, tools, techniques and training. Most crucial, though, is the chapter on the human factor that everybody should read, then read again, and then reread a few more times to keep their ego in check. No substitute for the years on the mountain and hard-learned lessons the author has obviously spent a lifetime collecting, ...more
Jon
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A smoother, chattier read than Snow Sense. Covers more ground, particularly with stability analysis, but because it is much longer the information's also less dense (and less pointed). I do think it did a better job of teasing apart the various, almost contradictory, ways snowpack can evolve in response to weather. Unfortunately this edition came out as they were in the process of revising the North American avalanche conditions, so it's already a bit dated. Nevertheless, this book's reputation ...more
Mark
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book should be read, studied and re-read over and over again by anyone planning on spending any time in the backcountry; whether that be snowboarding, skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bird-watching, etc... I plan to read this again, and again... and again. It would be wise to couple the knowledge from this book with avalanche education courses... and it is important to practice what you learn in a controlled environment so you know how to react if/when (hopefully never) ...more
Jason
Feb 17, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This book has helped me to realize the backcountry can be a very dangerous place for the uninformed and naive. After a close-call I experienced in the slackcountry or sidecountry of Powder Mountain in UT, I decided it's imperative that I educate myself about the dangers of avalanches and exploring the mountains. Just the first 3 chapters of this book have already proven to be invaluable. I look forward to continuing my education on snow and avalanche safety by finishing this book.
Alexander Weber
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
At first I found this hard to read, probably because the first part is focused on snow science, which can be complex and boring. But then it shifts to what you can do to keep yourself safe (and around this time I had taken a course so all the stuff started to make sense) and it becomes a great read.
Definitely recommended for anyone looking to go into the backcountry. I appreciate Tremper's knowledge of human psychology and the foibles we make.
Andrew
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tremper perfectly balanced readability with dispensing life saving knowledge in essentially the most comprehensive book on navigating avalanche terrain. While it's not a substitute for Avalanche courses and experience in the field, it's a book I read at least every other year as a refresher on various snow tests, decision making and human factors.
Ben
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent, in-depth avalanche safety overview. Includes avalanche forecasting techniques, terrain management, rescue techniques, and tips on overcoming the "human factor". Humorous and relatively easy to read. The book does repeat itself at times and it seems as though sections throughout the book have been copy-and-pasted.
Kathleen
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am only 16 pages in, but Tremper's story of getting caught in an avalanche is gripping and this quote is great: "Earthquakes, meteor impacts, and love may strike without warning, but avalanches usually have obvious signs."
Niklas
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
A must-read for anyone who is interested in touring the backcountry. Ridiculous amount of avalanche knowledge in this one. I mostly feel just more stupid after reading this and realizing how little I just know.

Do yourself a favour and keep reading this through your whole life!
Harrison
Sep 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
there is not much point for me to write a review; only doing this to spread awareness :)
Alison
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bible for avalanche knowledge!
Catherine
Oct 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: backcountry skiers
FANTASTIC, analytic introduction to avalanche safety.
Marcus
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very thorough, interesting but a bit repetitive which makes it a little heavy going.
Audrajung
This book is our assignment for Professional Avalanche Training Level 1, that's really all I have to say so far.
Shane
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it if you backcountry ski!
Nate Curtis
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! The bible of avalanche references. Practical knowledge to supplement your next backcountry winter travel or avalanche safety course.
skye
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Canonical work on avalanche safety, and actually read pretty well. Highly recommend for anyone who spends time in snow in winter.
Jayme
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great guide written by an expert.
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