Avalanche Related Resources

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Avalanche Basics and Nomenclature

Avalanche Safety Tutorial (American Avalanche Association)
http://avalanche.org/tutorial/tutorial.html
Avalanche Encyclopedia (National Avalanche Center)
http://www.fsavalanche.org/encyclopedia/
How to Read an Avalanche Advisory (Sierra Avalanche Center)
http://sierraavalanchecenter.org/how-to-read-avalanche-advisory
Crested Butte Avalanche Center Glossary
http://cbavalanchecenter.org/glossary/
Avalanche Terms (American Avalanche Association)
http://www.avalanche.org/moonstone/biblio%20&%20gloss/AVALANCHE%20TERMS.htm
Snow pit plotting software(free)
http://www.snowpilot.org/
Faceting (and other information on the physics of snow crystal formation)
http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/faceting/faceting.htm

Stability Test Videos

Where to Dig a Snowpit
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7n4S1U7ybM
Compression Test Tutorial
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF-NEUfZP1U#t=47
Extended Column Test
http://utahavalanchecenter.org/how-do-extended-column-test
Propagation Saw Test
https://vimeo.com/36119535 and http://vimeo.com/37092331
Shovel Shear Test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Sku8uFCes

Rescue and Rescue Equipment

Beacon Searching 101 (by BCA, 2013)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_W4dbVzogw
Proper Probing Technique
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn-iz8L-2dI
Strategic Shoveling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-PiGTbZceQ&feature=youtu.be
Transceiver Reviews
http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/
Transceiver Manuals
Transceiver Software Updates
http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/updating.asp
Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) Safety (non-avalanche related, part of NSP curriculum)
http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/index.php/

On-line Maps Tools with Slope Angle, and Route-finding Exercises

Route-Finding Interactive On-line Exercise
http://www.avalanche.net.nz/education/Online-Avalanche-Course/Route-Finding-Exercises.asp
Topography Map With Slope Angle Shading (CalTopo)
http://caltopo.com/map.html#ll=39.35607,-120.33959&z=16&b=sat&o=t&n=0.32&a=c,sg/
CalTopo Tutorial (video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWz9StwPKSE
Slope Angle Shaded Maps of Resort Areas
http://3dskimaps.com/
Slope Angle Maps
http://www.slopeanglemaps.com/ [no longer exists! slope angle maps for Washington and Utah available at http://avalanche-maps.org/map.html]

Map reading

Introduction to Topographical maps
http://faculty.icc.edu/estermer/reading_a_topographic_map.htm; http://howtowilderness.com/map-training/
How to Use a Compass with a Topo Map
http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/compass.html
Interactive Map tutorial
http://voyager.cs.bgsu.edu/topo/topo.html
Guide to Topo Map Margins
http://education.usgs.gov/lessons/map_margins_2p.pdf
Using a GPS with a Paper Map
http://www.n-sda.org/files/education/maps/UsingaGarminGPSwithPaperLandMaps_Manual.pdf

Avalanche Video/Media Archive

A Dozen More Turns (Film)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7Pye9f602s
The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek (Film)
http://www.nytimes.com/video/sports/100000001957178/the-avalanche-at-tunnel-creek.html
The Human Factor 1.0
http://www.powder.com/the-human-factor-1.0/
The Human Factor 2.0
http://features.powder.com/human-factor-2.0/chapter-1
Dry Gulch Avalanche (December 5, 2010 Report)
http://avalanche.state.co.us/caic/acc/acc_report.php?acc_id=225&accfm=inv
Avalanche Skier POV Helmet Cam Burial & Rescue in Haines, Alaska
http://vimeo.com/6581009
Tree Well Incident Caught on Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jvEYzh_1Sg

Avalanche Education

AIARE - the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Training
http://www.avtraining.org/
Sierra Avalanche Center local providers
http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/education


== Beacons software and testing == (as of 10/2017)

Beacon reviews http://beaconreviews.com/transceivers/transceiver_overview.asp
Barryvox (Mammut) Firmware 4.0 - update and test by
Tracker testing (BCA) - testing checklist http://backcountryaccess.com/product/avalanche-transceiver-tracker-2/
Ortovox https://www.ortovox.com/us/services/emergency-equipment/avalanche-transceivers/update/
Pieps Service Centers http://www.pieps.com/en/dealer?keys=&&lat=39.327962&lon=-120.18325329999999

Recommended Reading

Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler, Fifth Edition (2011)
Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper (2013)
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper (2008)
Avalanche Handbook, David McClung & Peter Schaerer (2006)
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