9781097991792, $16.99, PB, 318pp, www.amazon.com
Synopsis: Numerous early storms have dumped the much sought after dry Western powder on the runs of the Silver City Ski Resort enthralling skiers. However, two avalanches have come down and Ben Castle, head of the avalanche control team, is growing increasingly worried. Director of the resort Marshall Feinman, with his eye on the bottom line, has refused to close dangerous runs and Ben wonders if there could be too much snow.
Critique: An avalanche is an event that occurs when a cohesive slab of snow lying upon a weaker layer of snow fractures and slides down a steep slope. Avalanches are typically triggered in a starting zone from a mechanical failure in the snowpack when the forces of the snow exceed its strength but sometimes only with gradual widening. After initiation, avalanches usually accelerate rapidly and grow in mass and volume as they entrain more snow. If the avalanche moves fast enough, some of the snow...