Snow

Understanding, testing and interpreting snow conditions to make better avalanche predictions

ISBN
9781852844745
Availability
Published
Published
25 Jan 2007
Reprinted
16 Nov 2015
Edition
First
Pages
64
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 0.5cm
Weight
90g

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This practical guidebook is aimed at anyone who wants to acquire or improve their knowledge of snow and avalanche release. It describes the formation and evolution of snow, how to identify the many forms snow takes, and how to assess avalanche risk more precisely and reliably.

Seasons Seasons
Winter
Difficulty Difficulty
Aimed at those involved in snow and winter sports, from enthusiasts to professionals.
ISBN
9781852844745
Availability
Published
Published
25 Jan 2007
Reprinted
16 Nov 2015
Edition
First
Pages
64
Size
15.5 x 10.0 x 0.5cm
Weight
90g
  • Overview

    This practical guide is aimed at walkers, climbers and snowsport enthusiasts who want to acquire or improve their knowledge of snow and avalanche release. It is equally suitable for snow professionals, guides, mountaineering and snowsport instructors, and ski patrollers.

    Translated by Blyth Wright, it describes the formation and evolution of snow, and shows practical methods for examining and analysing snow cover. It illustrates how to identify the many forms which snow may take and how to assess avalanche risk more precisely and reliably…

    It includes a system of snow observation and a handy snow crystal card for identifying crystals in the snow layer.

  • Contents
    Introduction   
    Quick summary   

    Understanding snow
    How snow is formed   
    How snow changes   

    Observing snow
    Assessments   
    Measurements   
    Stability tests   
    Interpretation   

    Useful websites   
    Glossary   
    Index   
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  • Reviews
    [This book will] will enhance the understanding for all who venture into [the] winter mountains

    Bolognesi presents his subject in a simple and structured way which will enhance the understanding for all who venture into Scotland’s winter mountains.

    Scottish Winter

    'The majority of mountaineers say they know something of the snow and its lifecycle including its ability to avalanche. However, the majority of us are not snow ‘experts’, yet we sometimes educate others about snow, its deposition and avalanche possibility. Welcome another helpline in the field of snow science. Two little ‘mini-guide’ books of knowledge aimed at those who want to know more about Snow and its ability to Avalanche.
    Originally written by Robert Bolognesi and translated by Blyth Wright. These books include a lifetimes’ knowledge, yet are written in a simple, informative way and include numerous clear pictures and diagrams to aid the interpretation of the information included in the text.

    One of the best features of both of these books is that they come in a neat plastic cover, allowing them to be taken out into the weather whilst being afforded some protection from the elements. They each include a card that can be used practically in the field. Avalanche comes with a NivoTest card designed to help quantify the risks from avalanches. The Snow mini-guide comes with a handy snow crystal card for identifying crystals in the snow layer.

    The books read through in a methodical manner with chapters including how snow changes, snow measurements and interpretation in Snow and personal accounts, risk assessment and reducing the risk in Avalanche. The outcomes of each book being to suggest rules of thumb for making educated guesses and understanding avalanche phenomenon, whereas Snow details the formation and evolution of snow, and shows practical methods of examining and analysing snow cover.

    The books would be at home on the bookshelf of the occasional winter mountaineer, skier, snowboarder, as they are with the Winter ML or MIC or guide.'

    (Dave Brown / AMI news)


    'The small size of this attractive new series launched by Cicerone will make them very suitable for carrying on the hill. All are well illustrated with colour photos, sketches and map, and have solid plastic covers.

    Snow and Avalanche! follows from the other, and their subtitles adequately describe their contents. The photographs and sketches in both are very clear.

    Snow has a handy little card to keep in your pocket, with the simple tests set out. Many of the snow tests are simple enough to be carried out by amateur skiers or climbers in a few minutes and well worth the time spent.

    (Irish Mountain Log / Summer 2007)


    Check out the reviews on the following websites:

    Pistehors.com

    Scotclimb.org.uk
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