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Avalanche awareness at the library

Avalanche Awareness Days run from Jan. 10 to 12. The Library has many books on the subject and some very informative and powerful videos. Books can be borrowed for 21 days and videos for seven days.


The avalanche book by Betsy R. Armstrong, c1992

The avalanche handbook by David McClung and P.A. Schaerer, c1993

A comprehensive guide to avoiding being caught in an avalanche and how to improve your chances of survival if you are caught in one. With a combination of science and practical advice, the authors explain how avalanches happen, how to test a slope for slide potential, and how to navigate in avalanche-prone areas. This is essential material for winter recreation fans and outdoors enthusiasts.

Avalanche safety for skiers and climbers by Tony Daffern, c1999

Essential reading for anyone venturing above the mountain snowline in either summer or winter. Emphasis is placed on prevention of avalanche accidents through observation, recognition of avalanche terrain and good route finding, and is reinforced by case histories from Canada, the USA and Scotland

Backcountry avalanche awareness by James Bruce Jamieson, c1997

Based on the Canadian Avalanche Association's introductory avalanche course. Designed for skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, climbers, and hikers, the book includes safety measures, an equipment checklist, search and rescue techniques, methods for recognizing avalanche terrain, information on what to do if caught by an avalanche, and phone numbers and Web site addresses for current avalanche conditions in Canada and the United States.

Free riding in avalanche terrain by James Bruce Jamieson and Jennie McDonald, c1999

Secrets of the snow: Visual clues to avalanche and ski conditions by Edward R. LaChappelle, c2001

An overview of the easily visible aspects of snow in the alpine mountain landscape and explains how snow may be "read" for information on avalanche formation and suitability for winter sports.

Snow sense: a guide to evaluating snow avalanche hazard by Jill A. Fredston, c1999

A pocket guide to safe snow travel, whether you are hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, or mountaineering in high risk areas.

Backcountry snowboarding by Christopher Van Tillburg, c1998

Backcountry skier: Your complete guide to ski touring by Jean Vives, c1999

Exploring the Coast Mountains on skis by John Baldwin, c1994


Avalanche (NOVA production) , c1997

Avalanche: The white death (National Geographic Society Production) , c1999

This brilliantly photographed documentary recounts the struggles of survivors and scientists to make sense of this awesome force of nature. You'll see footage of a monster wave of snow stopping short practically at the feet of the lucky cameraman, watch experts drop bombs on mountainsides to create and observe snow slides, and hear firsthand stories from people who lived through burial six feet (or more) under the frozen waste.

Winning the avalanche game, c1995

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