Ski Related Book Reviews

BookStaying Alive in Avalanche TerrainBruce Tremper One the best avalanche safety books available. It has the science, it has the human element. If you are looking to expand your vision in the world of avalanche science, this is the book.


BookPowder PioneersBookAward winning book on Canadian ski history by Chic Scott. From the roots of skiing in Rossland, BC circa 1890’s to the ski mountaineering landmarks in Canada to the rise of heli-skiing, Scott recounts it all in this book. Profiles of significant figures in Canadian ski history and the stories behind the evolution of skiing in Canada. Given Chic Scotts own place in Canada’s ski mountaineering history, this boook is full of cool information about the growth and history of backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering as well as modern resort skiing.

BookEye at The Top of The World – Pete Takeda, climber and writer takes us an an adventure to Nanda Devi in the Indian Himalaya in search of the story behind a Cold War era plan to place nuclear powered spy devices in the world’s highest mountain range. Conspiracy theory meets mountaineering, the book is part cold war history and part mountain adventure. Check it out.

BookSnowstruck – Jill Fredston, co-founder of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center, has been working with and studying avalanches and snow stability for more than 20 years. She is the author of several books including Snow Sense: A guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard.Her latest book, Snowstruck – In the Grip of Avalanches, is a more personal look at her years in the snow world. With her husband Doug Fessler, Jill has responded to countless avalanche accident scenes, helped recover more bodies than she cares to count, and been intimately involved with snow stability evaluation for a wide variety of industries and agencies in Alaska.


BookStone Palaces – Geoff Childs
A humorous and inspiring collection of stories about the mountains, backcountry, and transitions necessary to lead a life off the main path.


BookWild Snow: A Historical Guide to North American Ski Mountaineering
Louis Dawson’s book provides excellent information on the history of ski mountaineering as well as 50 classic descent routes around North America.


Book100 Classic Ski and Snowboard Routes in Washington
Rainer Burgdorfer’s out of print Backcountry Skiing in Washington has been updated! Burgdorfer’s new book is a must for Washington skiers!



BookSummits and Icefields – Chic Scott
The classic guide to skiing in BC – Rogers Pass, The Selkirks, Nelson Area, Coast and more!



BookBackcountry Skiing California’s High Sierra John Moynier
Headed to the Eastern Sierra from Bishop South – this is the guide.



Book50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California  Paul Richins
From Shasta to Whitney – Ski routes in the High Sierra.



BookColorado’s 10th Mountain Hut System
General background and routes for accessing 10 Mountain backcountry huts in Colorado.



BookSelected Climbs in the Cascades – Nelson and Potterfield
All of the classic Cascade climbs in one book.



BookAvalanche Safety: For Skiers & Climbers – Tony Daffern
There are a lot of avalanche safety books available, and this is one of the best.



BookThe Avalache Handbook – David McClung, Peter Schaerer
One of the better books on the market – includes in depth snow science information.



Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard – Fredston
A great reference book. Not as in-depth as Daffern’s book but highly recommended to compliment Daffern’s book.

BookAllen and Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book – O’Bannon & Clelland
All the tips to keep you happy in the backcountry – includes funny yet poignant illustrations.



BookGlacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue – Selters
All you need to know about glacier travel and rescue in one book.




BookMountaineering: The Freedom of The Hills – The Mountaineers

The fundamentals of mountaineering – a classic resource for all skiers and climbers.



BookAllen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips: 109 Amazing Tips to Improve Your Tele-Skiing – O’Bannon & Clelland



BookFree Heel Skiing

Telemark and Parallel Techniques for All Conditions – Paul Parker

The classic guide to freeheel ski techniques – a must for anyone attempting to free their heel.


BookMedicine For Mountaineering – Wilkerson

The original backcountry medical guide.