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Avalanche Search and Rescue: A Backcountry Field Guide


From risk assessment checklists to helicopter protocols; from managing human factors to strategic shoveling, Alexis Alloway makes sure you have the most up-to-date, best practices in a quick reference tool that is both beautiful and accurate.

♦♦ 25% off for SAR Teams and Ski Patrollers! Order 10 or more for your team and get 25% off. Enter coupon code AVSAR to receive the discount, or contact to place a custom order.

♦♦ For European orders, go to Backcountry Books

♦♦ For Canadian orders, go to Neptune Mountaineering


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This durable and compact backcountry field guide for professionals and recreationalists alike will help you be the best, most prepared team member possible. This easy-to-read and highly curated quick-reference tool includes leadership and risk management reviews, search strategies, probing and shoveling methods, medical protocols, patient packaging and rigging diagrams, quick reference cards and much more.

It can be difficult to remember and refer to all of the different clinics, classes, and conferences you’ve attended. This first-of-its-kind guide from Alexis Alloway is the single best resource to help you refresh and remember the many details involved in a backcountry avalanche rescue scenario. Whether you want to strengthen your terrain assessment skills mid-season, or need to double check your patient packaging in the field; whether you’re new to a rescue team, or an old vet, this 126 page book will help keep you on your “A-Game”.

  • Study up early in the season as you transition out of summer
  • Refresh yourself mid-season, before or after taking or teaching a class
  • Pull out of your pack to double-check your knots and snowpack tests or to jot down field notes
  • Waterproof, tear resistant
  • Dimensions: 5.5″ wide X  7″ tall X  0.5″ thick. Weight: 5 oz. Spiral-bound.


Here’s what Seattle Search and Rescue has to say:

“The best compact and comprehensive avalanche search and rescue book on the market. The book was primarily written for the Search and Rescue members, but is a nice tool for every recreationalist enjoying winter sports in the backcountry. It is a nice quick avy knowledge refresher at the beginning of the season or even before each trip. It covers everything from planning and risk management, snow analysis to search techniques, medical help and rigging. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody heading to the backcountry. Avy knowledge is perishable over the summer season, so a compact refresher is a must have.”

Additional information

Weight.8 lbs
Dimensions7 × 5.5 × .75 in
Lou Dawson
Lou Dawson@wildsnow
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"This is the kind of publication that helps you arrive cold as an out-of-towner, find the “skinners” and have at it while pounding fluffy Colorado pow and laughing at the over-priced ski lifts."
West Elk Project
West Elk Project@westelkproject
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"It neatly lays out the elevations, descent lengths, aspects, trailhead directions, winter maintenance and parking info, snowmobile access, skin tracks, and exit info. That combined with helpful photos, give backcountry travelers a very good idea of what is going on."
Frank Konsella
Frank Konsella@14erskiers
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"Sovick’s book contains established skin tracks, preferred routes, etiquette, and notes on terrain traps, gullies and avalanche paths. It also assumes all users are trained in avalanche avoidance and rescue, and includes AIARE’s “Communication Checklist,” which includes tips for facilitating teamwork and good decision-making."
GriffOn the Berthoud Pass Ski Atlas
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"These books are great for quick references, re-capping tours and pre-planning. They are small and light and pack well too."
BeauOn the Light Tours of Colorado Ski Atlas
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"A well composed guidebook with lots of great suggestions, many of which I have already skied."
ReginaOn the Crystal Mountain Book
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"Gifted this to my son at Christmas. He loved it! And it exceeded his expectations."
MasonOn the Snoqualmie Pass Ski Atlas
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"I want to thank you for making the best ski guidebooks out there. Your books are a big reason why I’m able to explore the backcountry around Snoqualmie Pass."