Backcountry Skiing

Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering

by Martin Volken, Scott Schell, Margaret Wheeler

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  • 9781594850387
  • 9781594852503

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* For intermediate-to-advanced backcountry skiers
* Includes trip planning, navigation, fitness, and avalanche safety information,
in addition to techniques
* Provides advice on how to make well-informed backcountry decisions

Martin Volken and his co-authors provide skiers with all the tools and knowledge they need to safely and successfully travel in the mountain backcountry. The guide features intermediate-to-advanced techniques for ski touring and ski mountaineering, from planning backcountry trips to perfecting turns in rolling terrain and mastering uphill climbing. For those skiers ready for a more technical, high alpine environment, they draw on traditional mountaineering skills, including roped climbing, setting protection anchors, using ice axes, climbing on bare rock, and more.

In addition to mastering techniques, Backcountry Skiing also features information on recent evolutions in ski equipment; avalanche safety tips; a primer on mountain weather and glaciers, trip planning tools, a discussion of emergency situations, nutrition and fitness advice, and winter camping basics.

Throughout this guide, a special emphasis is put on being well-informed and making good decisions -- whenever you strap on your skis and skins and head out into the backcountry.

  • Mountaineers Books; November 2007
  • ISBN: 9781594852503
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  • Title: Backcountry Skiing
  • Author: Martin Volken; Scott Schell; Margaret Wheeler
  • Imprint: Mountaineers Books
Subject categories
  • 9781594850387
  • 9781594852503

In The Press

"[This book] is indeed a magnum opus. Not only is this one of the most current backcountry skiing how-tos I've ever seen, but it covers an amazing gamut of information, including Chapter 2, 'Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain,' ; and Chapter 4, 'Uphill Movement,' which gets incredibly detailed. If you're new to the game, I'd say this chapter alone makes the book worth the price. Highly recommended."