Ski Related Book Reviews

Book Staying Alive in Avalanche TerrainBruce TremperĀ 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.
Book Powder 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.
Book Eye 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 Himalaya. Conspiracy theory meets mountaineering, the book is part cold war history and part mountain adventure. Check it out.
Book Snowstruck – 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.
Book Stone Palaces – Geoff ChildsA humorous and inspiring collection of stories about the mountains, backcountry, and transitions necessary to lead a life off the main path.
Book Wild Snow: A Historical Guide to North American Ski MountaineeringLouis Dawson’s book provides excellent information on the history of ski mountaineering as well as 50 classic descent routes around North America.
Book 100 Classic Ski and Snowboard Routes in WashingtonRainer Burgdorfer’s out of print Backcountry Skiing in Washington has been updated! Burgdorfer’s new book is a must for Washington skiers!
Book Summits and Icefields – Chic ScottThe classic guide to skiing in BC – Rogers Pass, The Selkirks, Nelson Area, Coast and more!
Book Skiing Colorado’s Backcountry: Northern Mountains and Trails – Litz & Lankford Backcountry ski beta from Leadville to Cameron Pass and on up to Steamboat Springs.
Book Backcountry Skiing California’s High Sierra – John MoynierHeaded to the Eastern Sierra from Bishop South – this is the guide.
Book 50 Classic Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Summits in California – Paul RichinsFrom Shasta to Whitney – Ski routes in the High Sierra. Backcountry Resource Center
Book Colorado’s 10th Mountain Hut SystemGeneral background and routes for accessing 10 Mountain backcountry huts in Colorado.
Book Selected Climbs in the Cascades – Nelson and PotterfieldAll of the classic Cascade climbs in one book.
Book Avalanche Safety: For Skiers & Climbers – Tony DaffernThere are a lot of avalanche books available and this is one of the best.
Book The Avalache Handbook – David McClung, Peter SchaererOne of the better books on the market – includes in depth snow science information.
Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard – FredstonA great reference book. Not as in-depth as Daffern’s book but highly recommended to compliment Daffern’s book.
Book Allen and Mike’s Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book – O’Bannon & ClellandAll the tips to keep you happy in the backcountry – includes funny yet poignant illustrations.
Book Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue – SeltersAll you need to know about glacier travel and rescue in one book.
Book Mountaineering: The Freedom of The Hills – The MountaineersThe fundamentals of mountaineering – a classic resource for all skiers and climbers.
Book Allen & Mike’s Really Cool Telemark Tips: 109 Amazing Tips to Improve Your Tele-Skiing – O’Bannon & Clelland
Book Free Heel Skiing: Telemark and Parallel Techniques for All Conditions – Paul ParkerThe classic guide to freeheel ski techniques – a must for anyone attempting to free their heel.
Book Medicine For Mountaineering – WilkersonThe original backcountry medical guide.