Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper, Mountaineer’s Books, 2008.
A must have / read in any backcountry skiers or snowboarders safety quiver. This avalanche safety how-to is perhaps the best available for backcountry skiers and snowboarders. It looks at the issue from a practical view, assuming you WILL go out in avalanche terrain. Bruce shares the knowledge gained from his 25yrs of professional avalanche experience. Full of firsthand wisdom, terrific illustrations & photographs this is a very readable text on what often is a very dry subject. If you travel in avalanche terrain you want to read this book, and re-read it every fall:)
Most avalanche classes are taught by nationally recognized members of the American Avalanche Association (AAA), AIARE, the Canadian Avalanche Association, and a host of mountain rescue specialists which adhere to the AAA's Guidelines for Avalanche Course Curriculum. The curriculum and Bruce Tremper's book are almost one in the same. As a matter of a fact many level 1 av classes require reading the book prior to class, some will actually include the book once registered for the class (Silverton Avalanche School)