In the Path of an Avalanche

A True Story
Author(s): Vivien Bowers
Genre: Science
Original Publish Date: Jan 06, 2012
Product Number: EB00772666
Released: Oct 15, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781926685250
Publisher: Greystone Books
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On a clear, cold morning in January 1998, in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern British Columbia, a massive avalanche buried six experienced back-country skiers. They didn't have a chance. Thus began the worst day for avalanche deaths in Canadian history and one of the most tragic in North America. This book is the biography of a deadly avalanche, detailing how a combination of factors—steep, open terrain, an unstable winter snow pack primed to slide, aggravating weather conditions, and a trigger provided by a handful of back-country skiers—resulted in human tragedy. It is the story of a particular avalanche, but it illustrates a natural phenomenon that has threatened human endeavours throughout the world since people first ventured within the reach of steep snow slopes.