What the critics say about In the Path of an Avalanche:
The lessons and insights from Vivien Bowers's
meticulously researched and gracefully written anatomy of
an avalanche are invaluable.
Peter Stark, author of Last Breath: The
Limits of Adventure
Vivien Bowers gives a rare look inside the world
of avalanches and the community of people who live and work
around them. She not only tells a tragic, but important, story,
she does it with the authority of someone who understands
the science of avalanches as well as the avalanche culture
of small mountain towns.
Bruce Tremper, Director, Utah Avalanche Center and author
of Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
Bowers's vivid descriptive prose captures the
full fury of the avalanche and the sad aftermath. Nonskiers
will learn much from this book, as will risk takers.
This is a can't-put-it-down type of read as
Bowers reconstructs a backcountry skiing trip gone wrong
a timely book and a must-read for anyone wanting a closer
look at one of Mother Nature's most impressive acts
The book's a bit of a paradox-a fascinating
paradox. It's suspenseful, which is no small trick considering
the outcome is well known. It's educational without being
pedantic, preachy or insufferably dull. It's multidisciplinary
in its attempt to explain what happened, how it might have
happened and even takes a crack at shedding light on why it
.exactly the kind of book you want to hunker
down with while awaiting the new season's snowfall.
Pique newsmagazine, Whistler,
Seamlessly weaving scientific information and
narrative, Kootenay-based author Vivien Bowers poignantly,
sensitively and intelligently tells the tragic tale of six
experienced back-country skiers who lost their lives five
years ago in an avalanche
As a story, a reference and a reminder, In the Path of an
Avalanche is an important book to read.
Express, Nelson, Canada