Additional Educational Resources

Want even more reading (and also viewing)?

You can read summary articles of the annual Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop ("ESAW"), typically held on the first Saturday in November, near Mount Washington.
You can also download Jonathan's 2014 airbag presentation (or revised 2020 version) and even listen to the audio.
(Jonathan also presented at the 2012 ESAW, but no need to review that presentation, since the topic was ... this avalanche course!)

An avy-related blog [no longer updated though] is intended as a companion to this course, often highlighting recent incidents. 

Also, some supplemental articles (culled from various files in my collection) are available in a Google Docs folder.

For the scientifically inclined, try The Avalanche Handbook (by David McClung and Peter Schaerer), which is far beyond the level of this course.  Similarly beyond the scope of this course, but perhaps of interest to the technically oriented, the American Avalanche Association's Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States is available in digital format.

Also for the technically oriented, if you want to learn even more about mountain weather, then this aptly named book is tightly focused on exactly that topic.

Definitely subscribe to (and browse the archives of) The Avalanche Review, the publication of the American Avalanche Association, which also maintains an on-line library.

Two very helpful little supplemental books are by the late Edward R. Lachapelle, mainly pictures:
Reading up on past avalanche incidents is a good way to avoid getting into an avalanche in the future, and on-line summaries are available for both the U.S. and Canada

Raw avalanche footage, once highly sought after for educational purposes, has now vastly proliferated. Also, the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (out of Bozeman) hosts some educational videos.

On-line tutorials are available, but tend to be relatively basic (although might be helpful for showing your family what you're studying so hard?), like this one from Avalanche.org.  Also helpful is this on-line glossary.

On-line discussions are hosted in a dedicated avy forum at TGR (and tend to have a higher signal:noise ratio than the more general-interest forums).

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