Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches

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Harcourt, Jan 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 342 pages
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Every year around the globe, people cross paths with avalanches-some massive, some no deeper than a pizza box-often with deadly results. Avalanche expert Jill Fredston stalks these so-called freaks of nature, forecasting where and when they will strike, deliberately triggering them with explosives, teaching potential victims how to stay alive, and leading rescue efforts when tragedy strikes.

Having spent decades trying to keep avalanches and people apart, Fredston brings them together unforgettably in Snowstruck. From a rare store of personal experience, she conveys a panorama of perspectives: a skier making what may prove his final decision, a victim buried so tightly that he can't move a finger, rescuers racing both time and weather, forecasters treading the line between reasonable risk and danger. Seamlessly interweaving these accounts, Fredston brings to life the awesome forces of nature that can turn the mountains deadly-and the equally inexorable forces of human nature that lure us time and again into treacherous terrain.

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User Review  - Noelle M - Goodreads

It's enough to make you rethink playing in the snow or moving to Alaska. I had a chance to move to Nome once, but turned it down. Now I know why! I rate this book on par with stories about ships battered by rogue waves. Informative read. Read full review

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User Review  - Barbara Landers - Goodreads

Fascinating. Another example of non-fiction being more fascinating than fiction! Read full review

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About the author (2007)

JILL FREDSTON is the author of Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctics Edge, which won a 2002 National Outdoor Book Award. She and her husband, Doug Fesler, are co-directors of the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. They live in the mountains above Anchorage.

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