A Slippery Slope: Additional Educator Resources

Use these resources to support your teaching of the unit: A Slippery Slope: Engineering an Avalanche Protection System



Big Avalanches

This video features several fast-moving avalanches. Note that you may want to play this video without sound due to unsuitable music. (1:54)

Avalanche Engineers

This video from the Subzero Lab at Montana State University profiles student engineers who model avalanches in a lab to find out more about how they form. (11:45)



Avalanche (Nature in Action)

By Stephen Kramer and Patrick Cone. This book details the causes of avalanches and the safety measures which should be taken by anyone venturing into snow-covered mountainous areas. Publisher: Carolrhoda Books. ISBN: 0876144229

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter's Wonder

By Mark Cassino and Jon Nelson, Ph.D. How do snow crystals form? What shapes can they take? Are no two snow crystals alike? These questions and more are answered in this exploration of the science of snow. Publisher: Chronicle Books. ISBN: 0811868664




In this activity from NOVA PBS, kids investigate snowpack formation to understand how slope, terrain and layers affect a snowpack's stability.



Snow Avalanche

This National Snow & Ice Data Center website provides information about the science of avalanches, including the anatomy of an avalanche and the conditions that often cause avalanches.

Snow Crystals

This online guide provides detailed photos of snowflakes and snow crystals.

Interactive Avalanche Safety Tutorial

Visit the American Avalanche Association's education web page to learn more about how to stay safe during an avalanche.


This National Geographic Kids article features information about the nature, geography, people, and history of Peru.