Martin Kuprianowicz interviews two authors of newly released backcountry skiing guidebooks, Matt Gunn and Lou Dawson, to find out their secrets for success and what drives them.
Sales of backcountry guide books are up, and more and more people are venturing out. So we talked with Andy about how he got into publishing guide books; why he actually dislikes the term “guide books”; whether or not backcountry guide books should even exist; the responsibilities that come with publishing them; why Andy is an advocate of the “ATES” system (Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale); and more.
Lou Dawson is a ski mountaineer, founder of WildSnow.com, author, and the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. We discuss all of the above; the history and current state of backcountry skiing; and his new guidebook, Light Tours of Colorado: Mellow Backcountry Ski Routes to Minimize Avalanche Exposure, published by Beacon Guidebooks.
Ski mountaineer and author Lou Dawson updated his definitive roundup of the state’s mellowest routes following the recent surge of out-of-bounds snow adventurers.
A new podcast, a rescue sled, an avalanche education app and a guidebook offering mellow tours are some recent innovations offered by Colorado skiers after last year's deadly avalanche season.
Alexis Alloway is the author of Avalanche Search and Rescue: A Backcountry Field Guide. A professional member of the American Avalanche Association, she has been teaching avalanche education courses since 2006, including for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), the Northwest Avalanche Center, Everett Mountain Rescue, Big Sky Backcountry Guides, and the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center. She served as a volunteer mountain rescuer for nearly a decade, with roles including Winter Training Coordinator, board member, Operations Leader and Field Team Leader. A professional outdoor and classroom-based educator for nearly two decades, Alexis excels at simplifying complex information and giving students tools to make information stick.
Outdoor publishers filled bookstore shelves with new titles at the end of last year with narrative nonfiction, detailed guidebooks and skills guides. For rest days and trip planning, these books have you covered.