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Learn essential avalanche skills with a Cicerone guidebook mini-guide

Cover of Avalanche!
Availability
Reprinted
Published
16 Nov 2015
ISBN
9781852844738
Edition
First
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 0.8cm
Weight
130g
Pages
112
1st Published
25 Jan 2007
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Avalanche!

Understand and reduce risks from Avalanches

by Robert Bolognesi
Book published by Cicerone Press

A practical pocket guidebook to help you learn the skill of snow avalanche prediction. Aimed at all winter snow sports enthusiasts, you can learn the skill of avalanche prediction, understand and predict avalanches, evaluate the risks and reduce the dangers. The book includes a Nivotest designed to help quantify risks from avalanches.

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Description

The skill of avalanche prediction is both an art and a science. This practical mini-guidebook, aimed at mountaineers, skiers, climbers, snowboarders, snowshoers, walkers and all who love winter and snow sports, can help you learn that skill.

Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of professionals involved in mountain activities, as well as first-hand accounts of avalanche scenes from witnesses and survivors, to help you understand and predict snow avalanches, evaluate the risks and reduce the dangers.

Designed for use on the mountain and during planning. Avalanche includes a NivoTest which assists in estimating avalanche risk on a mountain route as well as in identifying steep slopes with a series of 25 questions. If the answer to the question is yes, you add up the points – the higher the total score, the higher the risk.

If you want to learn more about the formation and evolution of snow, our mini-guide Snow will help you with practical methods of examining and analysing snow cover.

  • Seasons
    Winter.
  • Difficulty
    Aimed at those involved in snow and winter sports, from enthusiasts to professionals.
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Contents

Preface   
Introduction   

Avalanches
Classification   
Personal Accounts   

Risk Assessment
Definition of risk    
Criteria for risk assessment    
Assessing risk    

Reducing the Risk
Reducing the possibility of avalanche release    
Reducing potential damage    

Conclusion    
Using NivoTest    
Glossary    
Index   
Useful addresses   

Further Reading

The following organisations offer avalanche training.


Glenmore Lodge National Sports Centre
Aviemore
Inverness-shire
Scotland PH22 1QU
www.glenmorelodge.org.uk

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland
The Old Granary
West Mill Street
Perth
Scotland PH1 5QP
www.mountaineering-scotland.org.uk

Plas y Brenin National Sports Centre
Capel Curig
Conwy
Wales LL24 0ET
www.pyb.org.uk

Training is also offered by individual members of:

The Association of British Mountain Guides and The Association of Mountaineering Instructors, both at:
Siabod Cottage
Capel Curig
Conwy
Wales  LL24 0ET
www.bmg.org.uk
www.ami.org.uk

Canadian Avalanche Association
Box 2759
Revelstoke
BC VOE 2SO
Canada
www.avalanche.ca

Forest Service National Avalanche Center
PO Box 2356
Ketchum
Idaho 83340
USA
www.avalanche.org

Links to avalanche centres in North America

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education
211 S. Teller
Gunnison
CO 81230
USA
www.avtraining.com

Links to many training providers

New Zealand Mountain Safety Council
PO Box 6027
Wellington
New Zealand
info@mountainsafety.org.nz

METEORISK
CP 993
CH-1951
SION
Switzerland
www.meteorisk.com
tel.: 00 41 (0)79 433 30 72

Useful addresses



The telephone numbers of the telephone information services distributing the various avalanche bulletins are numerous … but you can find them all on the Internet. Make sure you note them down at the start of the winter.

Snow and weather information
www.avalanches.org
European avalanche services site, with content in English

www.csac.org
Links to all available on-line avalanche bulletins world-wide

www.metoffice.gov.uk
Links to many national weather services
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