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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Appalachian Mountain Club Books; First edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934028142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934028148
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Goodman, an award-winning writer, skier, and mountaineer, has written for numerous national publications, including SKI Magazine and Backcountry. He is the author of Backcountry Skiing Adventures Vermont and New York and Backcountry Skiing Adventures: Classic Ski and Snowboard Tours in Maine and New Hampshire.


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Great writing that gets me pumped to ski.
Katelin
Completely new to this style of skiing, but the descriptions are well written and provides lots of a information about what to look out for and all the spots to hit.
Alexander Lee
So far everything in these tours would have been doable on a very light tele touring setup.
bkm

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bkm on February 15, 2014
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Goodman has done an excellent job compiling some great tours and giving us historical background and anecdotes to enrich the experience. The book is very well written and just plain fun to read. HOWEVER you should read through it with the right expectations...

If you're looking for a book of ripping downhill descents in the eastern backcountry this may not be the right book (I'm not sure if that book even exists though). I've completed a few of the tours (in the ADKs) and they seem to be more xc/tele/XCD oriented. This isn't a bad thing, but if you're looking for spots to unleash your AT pow rig I don't think you'll find that here. So far everything in these tours would have been doable on a very light tele touring setup. Goodman actually does mention that gnarlier, more downhill and mountaineering oriented routes exist, but recommends that you hire a guide for that. A little disappointing for me personally, but the book is excellent for its intended purpose, and has actually made me want to work on my tele turn and my fast-and-light touring techniques.

And to those crying about how Goodman has revealed sacred backcountry gems previously only accessible to the "core" backcountry nuts, get over it. Any beginner would be completely hopeless without resources like this, especially considering how tight-lipped many locals can be about their stashes. This will get people out exploring, but rest assured these tours don't even scratch the surface of what's out there in the east. For every ADK tour listed in this book, I've heard buzz about several 'secret' backcountry routes in the high peaks that have literally no information online or in print. There is still plenty of exploration to be done as a new skier.
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Completely new to this style of skiing, but the descriptions are well written and provides lots of a information about what to look out for and all the spots to hit. Very handy book to have
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By Katelin on March 27, 2013
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Great writing that gets me pumped to ski. Info is concise but super helpful, I want to try every rout in here! Awesome book.
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By Mimni on August 29, 2011
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I bought this as a gift. Good book for people who travel the northeast and wish to ski in a variety of places.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Teleboy on October 16, 2010
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I admire Goodman's writing, and know him to be a fine fellow through a number of mutual friends.

I take issue with some of his additions in this edition. What is lost when a guidebook editor includes the quieter backcountry skiing routes, that, until now, have required diligent poking around, asking of questions, and exploring online? A lot, I think. King Ravine is a great example. I skied it first a number of years ago. The careful exploration of the area, the discovery of such fabulous skiing, was all part of a process that was educational, challenging, and enlivening to the soul. That's lost now. King Ravine will be busier, too, if by simple dint of the fact that detailed information is now widely disseminated. I've skied in King Ravine every year for the past decade. I'll be interested to watch the uptick in numbers.

It's clearly his right to publish this information, of course. I just question his choice to do so. Those new backcountry skiers who are willing to dig around for info, explore areas and be amply rewarded have lost that opportunity. The steady erosion of opportunities to be rewarded in backcountry exploration is, I think, a loss for all of us.

Is that a hopeless cause? Not necessarily. When Backpacker magazine asked me for my favorite spots to hike as part of the omnipresent "favorite hikes" article, I selected a few, fabulous areas that already had significant traffic, but might not be well-known. The result? The truly quiet, beautiful spots are still just exactly that. They live on, as places for rich discovery by future hikers. It's possible, if we each exercise wise discretion.

Let me end on a positive note. I've seen an advance copy. I know it's a great guidebook, so I'll give it five stars. It's thorough, thoughtfully written, accurate and useful. I just hope that future guidebook editors everywhere will look in their hearts and consider the loss incurred when they shine a bright light on remote locales.
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