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Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard Paperback – 1 Dec 2000

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Product details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Alaska Mountain Safety Centre; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Dec. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964399407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964399402
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.7 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 827,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

  • Avalanche accidents do not happen by accident; they happen for particular reasons.
  • "Snow Sense" addresses the critical terrain, snowpack and weather variables that make it possible for a slope to avalanche along with the human factors that allow most accidents to happen.
  • If you don't want to become an avalanche victim, read this book.
  • "Snow Sense" is the best-selling avalanche safety book available.
  • Intended for skiers, snowmachiners, snowboarders, climbers and others who work and play in avalanche country.


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    By A Customer on 28 Feb. 2006
    Format: Paperback
    Probably the most user-friendly of all the books available on staying safe in avalanche terrain. Written (and published) by two of the most experienced practitioners in the avalanche world. It won't bamboozle you with over-technical stuff on snow, snowpack and avalanche dynamics, it just gives practical and accessible advice about what to look out for in order to stay safe (and what to do if it all goes wrong).
    Just like all the other books on avalanche safety, you need to combine the content with practical experience. Perhaps 'Snow Sense' is best looked upon as essential preparatory reading for an avalanche course?
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    Format: Paperback
    This little book is very readable and the terrain / snowpack/ weather / human factor approach to evaluating the hazard is one that is easy to apply to a variety of situations and stands the test of time.
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    Format: Paperback
    A deceptively modest looking book, that has been put together by two experts with years of experience in the field.

    It clearly and succinctly describes how to recognise, minimise and avoid danger in the back-woods. All this is without resorting to bewildering levels of science.

    Read it before heading out - you're never too old to be told.
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    Amazon.com: HASH(0x90bb77a0) out of 5 stars 38 reviews
    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x90b541bc) out of 5 stars Review in Backpacker Magazine, May 1995 11 Mar. 1999
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    Format: Paperback
    "Here's a book you should have. I know, I know, everybody says that but this is different. This book lays out what avalanches are and how they happen, and it will save your life. Now notice I didn't say this is a book you should have on your bookshelf. This one should be in the top pocket of your pack. Simply put,"Snow Sense" is a pocket guide to safe snow travel, whether you're hiking, backpacking, skiing, snowshoeing, or mountaineering in high risk areas.
    Avalanches don't simply explode out of nowhere. The ones that kill people are usually started by the victims. This book will teach you that such catastrophes are avoidable. You can learn to recognize and evaluate avalanche hazards. You can learn to "read" the snowpack, "read" the mountains, and save your skin. "Snow Sense" is a hands-on, explicit, clear-thinking, hard-hitting field guide that teaches you how. By studying the book's "bulls-eye" clues to snowpack stability, hardness tests, shear block tests, weather analysis, simple physics, and hazard checklists, you'll come away with all you need to know about avalanches and how to avoid being caught by one.
    Read it once. Read it again. Take it into the field and practice the skills it teaches. Every time I hear of another avalanche-caused death in the Rockies, I wish the victim had read this book. The survivors must read it.
    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x90b545a0) out of 5 stars From Backcountry Magazine #19, 1999 15 Mar. 1999
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Paperback
    Used by avalanche professionals as a base for avalanche education classes. Small size but HUGE on concise information for learning to recognize, evaluate, and avoid potential avalanche hazards.
    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x90b54504) out of 5 stars A "big little book" 31 Jan. 2000
    By K. Melling - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
    As a longtime Alaskan, I feel fortunate to have had both Doug and Jill in many courses. The book Snow sense is now the required reading material for all Nat'l Ski Patrol avalanche courses, and rightly so. I read it at the begining of every season. True avalanche professionals. If you ever have the chance, come to Alaska and take one of their courses.
    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x90b54468) out of 5 stars Review in Powder Magazine, March 1999 10 Mar. 1999
    By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Paperback
    "Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler are the best avalanche instructors in North America, period. No other teachers have more credibility or put as much effort into the curriculum, presentation, and teaching methods...Their book "Snow Sense" is by far the best material available on staying alive in avalanche country."
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    HASH(0x90b54b64) out of 5 stars I love Yakov Smirnov 9 July 2012
    By christopher zubris - Published on Amazon.com
    Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
    The book is pretty well illustrated which is a big help. There really was an effort to explain something in detail and then put a simple review sheet at the end of every chapter. If needed someone could rip these review sheets out and stick them in a pack. I would have liked to see more avoidance tips but i guess there is only so much that can be said.
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