Backcountry Skiing Books
Recommendations for guide books, avalanche education readings, and coffee table essentials
Safety Disclaimer: Recreating in the backcountry is inherently dangerous. It is the responsibility of all users to inform themselves of proper backcountry safety protocols, especially in regards to avalanche conditions. It is your responsibility to make your own decisions. This is not a complete guide to avalanche safety or backcountry skiing. I assume absolutely no liability or responsibility for the use of information provided here.
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If you're getting into backcountry skiing and were to purchase only one book, make sure it's Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper. This book is, in my opinion, essential reading for all those recreating in the backcountry. It covers all the key topics that you'd learn in an avalanche safety class, so it's a handy refresher to go through periodically or jump into as a beginner to get your bearings around avalanche safety.
If you're looking to explore a certain area or discover more touring options in your neck of the woods, you can never go wrong with a guidebook! Here are a few that I recommend:
Beacon Guidebooks: Colorado based company with guidebooks, maps, and apps for tons of popular backcountry skiing areas around Colorado and the Mountain West. If you're looking for beginner friendly tours, check out their book, Light Tours of Colorado by Lou Dawson.
Making Turns in Colorado’s Front Range Volume 1: South of Interstate 70 and Volume 2: North of Interstate 70 by Fritz Sperry: Great collection of tours for those on the Front Range! The book hits all the best spots and it has really good details of each area.
Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts by Peter Bronski: A unique way to explore Colorado's backcountry- through old ski areas!
If you're looking for a great coffee table book to inspire future adventures, look no further than 50 Classic Ski Descents of North America by Chris Davenport, Art Burrows, and Penn Newhard. This hardcover beast is a compilation of 50 amazing ski lines all over North America, 5 of which are located in Colorado. It's inspirational and awe-inspiring!
That's all for now! Hope this provides some good recommendations to get your backcountry library going.