Combining on-the-slopes experience with off-trail research, author Charlie English follows in the footsteps of the Romantic poets across the Alps, learns how to build igloos with the Inuit on Baffin Island, examines snow-patches in the Cairngorms to detect signs of global warming, and tests his mettle on some of the most perilous peaks on Earth. Along the way, he meets up with a flurry of fellow enthusiasts, from avalanche survivors and resort operators to climate scientists and champion skiers.
Snow and happiness : London --
A night out with Billy : Iqaluit, Qikiqtarjuaq --
Reflections on the six-cornered snowflake : Jericho, Vermont --
Snow falls on Gotham : Syracuse, Buffalo, New York --
Playing with gravity : Chamonix, Argentière, Wildstrubel --
An evil element : Lewes --
Territory of the mind : Valdez, Thompson Pass --
The art of winter : Vienna, London --
A short walk in paradise : Rainier, Seattle, Glacier --
The last snow in Scotland : Aviemore, Cairn Gorm, Garbh Choire Mor --
It will be spring soon : London --
A snow handbook.