It's a great read, enjoy it. I'm starting on my second read through it, and plan on getting into the backcountry for the first time this season too, but down in the eastern sierra.
Not to hijack, but does anyone have recommendations for Avy Level I classes in the eastern sierra? I've been looking at Sierra Mountain Guides (who also does intro splitboarding classes) in Bishop, but if anyone has a recommendation for the area, I'd like to hear about it.
Snowolf- if you're running that splitboard class in the late spring / early summer, I may have to make a trip up. Sounds like a good learning experience, and a great deal.