Avalanche Information

Discussion about winter adventure sports in the Sierra Nevada mountains including but not limited to; winter backpacking and camping, mountaineering, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
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Avalanche Information

Post by copeg » Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:37 pm

Its always good to be up to date with information and education on Avalanche awareness for winter travelers. Regardless of your skills and ability, or where you travel, anyone traveling into the Sierra Nevada in winter - be it by snowshoe, skis, or snowmobile - should be familiar with the basic concepts of Avalanches awareness: kinds of avalanches, where they occur, what can cause instabilities, and how to minimize your risk. For this purpose I've listed below several resources for those wishing to learn - or solidify - their knowledge in this area. Feel free to add to the list...

1) Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain - by Bruce Tremper (ISBN: 1594850844)
2) Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating SnowAvalanche Hazard - by Jill A. Fredston and Doug Fesler (ISBN: 0964399407)
3) The ABCs of Avalanche Safety - by Sue A. Ferguson and Edward R. Lachapelle (ISBN: 0898868858)

Online Education:
1) Avalanche Center Education
2) Avalanche.org
3) CSAC Educational Resources

Sierra Nevada Forecasts:
1) Tahoe Region: Sierra Avalanche Center
2) Eastern Sierra: Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

There are quite a few mountaineering centers which provide avalanche training. Avalanche-centrer.org has a list of courses that are provided in California.

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Re: Avalanche Information

Post by East Side Hiker » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:01 pm

Thank you for all the valuable references and information. Everyone should be very careful about avalanches. As a ski bum for 7 years at Snowbird, we were very aware of the snow conditions everywhere we toured at all times, digging snow pits constantly to study snow conditions.

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