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Module 1: Pre-Course Reading and Review Quiz

The following required texts are available from numerous sources in addition to the hypertext links:
  • Snow Sense, by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler (5th ed.: the top of the cover reads “new edition of a bestselling classic” and the bottom credits include “Edited by Karl Birkeland and Doug Chabot”) – A very quick and easy read in its entirety.
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper (2nd ed.: cover photo shows a skier on a slope just starting to fracture, not tracks leading into a fractured slope viewed from afar) – More in-depth than Snow Sense, but skip the snow pack evaluation tests in Chapter 6 (which are more appropriate for a Level 2 course).
  • Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering, by Martin Volken, Scott Schell, and Margaret Wheeler – Although only one chapter deals exclusively with avalanche safety, the other chapters in this highly comprehensive book will help prepare you for backcountry travel during our field sessions.  But skip the more technical mountaineering portions, which include: climbing gear sections of Chapter 1, glacier travel sections of Chapter 5, all of Chapter 6, and crevasse rescue sections of Chapter 10.
Based on this reading, download the review quiz here, complete it in Word (or some other compatible application), and send in a pdf file generated from your completed quiz by the deadline noted at the student checklist. The quiz will not be graded (especially since some of the questions are designed more to elicit thinking rather than any particular well-defined answer), but it will be reviewed for completeness.

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