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Backcountry Skiing Skills Book

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Guide to backcountry skiing safety and success.

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 in The Backcountry Skiing Skills Book. This book 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, traditional mountaineering skills, including roped climbing, setting protection anchors, using ice axes, and climbing on bare rock are covered.

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.


  • For intermediate to advanced backcountry skiers
  • Includes trip planning, navigation, fitness, and avalanche safety information
  • Provides advice on how to make well-informed backcountry decisions
  • Item #TMB0001
Martin Volken, Scott Schell, Margaret Wheeler
Mountaineers Books
Publication Date
November 30, 2007
8.8 x 6.6 x 0.8 in
Claimed Weight
1.4 lbs
Recommended Use
ski mountaineering, ski touring, backcountry skiing