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- Publisher: Choucas Production AB
- Format: Paperback | 366 pages
- Dimensions: 200mm x 254mm x 24mm | 1,320g
- Publication date: 10 November 2007
- Publication City/Country: Stockholm
- ISBN 10: 9163313138
- ISBN 13: 9789163313134
- Illustrations note: hundreds of colour photos plus colour drawn diagrams
- Sales rank: 117,239
This is the book which UIAGM mountain guide Jimmy Oden wished he'd had but never found during his formative ski bum years. It is written from a unique position - Jimmy still remembers all the questions he used to ask himself, only now he has the knowledge and experience to provide the answers.The purpose of this book is to convey how professionals think and act in a big mountain environment. And as the book is written from a passionate skier's perspective, everything documented on its 366 pages comes down to one single aim: to help capable free skiers reach as much good skiing as possible - as safely as possible."Free Skiing - How to Adapt to the Mountain" deals with those very particular circumstances, hazards and challenges that free skiers face in an alpine environment. Although it is not an instruction manual, the book is arranged like one, with checklists, procedures and diagrams. It is clear, concise and beautifully presented in 12 chapters with 441 educational illustrations.The content is divided into topical chapters, all including explanatory illustrations and photos: mountain sense, mountain weather, snow & avalanche knowledge, avalanche hazard evaluation, skiing, companion avalanche rescue, first aid & rescue, navigation, ski related mountaineering skills, glacier skiing, steep skiing, and ski touring. 'Essential bible for big mountain riders' - "Daily Mail". The book also won the prestigious 'Design S Award' for outstanding design & function.
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Jimmy Oden was born in Sweden in 1971 and has lived his passion in Verbier, Switzerland since 1993. He is a UIAGM mountain guide and has skied fulltime around the world since 1990. He is a member of Bureau des Guides in Verbier and the Swiss Mountain Guide Association, as well as the Swedish Mountain Guide Association, where he serves on the training committee. Jimmy was recently featured in an article for Conde Nast Traveller "Europe's Top Ten Mountain Guides" and he regularly writes articles on mountain safety for skiers.