May 15, 2018
Summertime may be coming, but if you are like us, you never really stop thinking about winter. That’s why we feel that there is no better way to spend these long summer months than brushing up on your snow and avalanche safety skills.
Last summer, over 2,000 people participated in our Backcountry Access Summer School, a course with three sets of quizzes – Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 – each designed to help you sharpen your knowledge. This summer, we’ll are bringing back our BCA Summer School with new lessons from The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE),the gold standard for avalanche education.
Every person who takes a Backcountry Access Summer School quiz will be entered into our BCA 2018 Summer School Contest and registered a new entry for a chance to win one of our cool new BCA Urban Backpacks.
COMING SOON IN JULY 2018!
Want to get some studying in before Backcountry Access Summer School? Check out our Backcountry Access Education resources:
- Backcountry Safety Handouts – Avalanche Awareness Guide, Avalanche Airbag 101, Beacon Searching 101, Avalanche Probing 101, Avalanche Shoveling 101, Avalanche Awareness and Leading a Companion Rescue (ski and sled versions).
- Backcountry Safety Research Papers – BCA’s library of avalanche research, statistics, human factors and communication, rescue technology and techniques.
- Avalanche Avoidance – The Backcountry Basics (five-part video series)
- Avalanche Rescue – Companion Rescue (six-part video series)
- Success Stories – Living proof – learn something new from every avalanche event, whether it occurred in the backcountry or in-area.
Looking for some #SummerReading to brush up on your skills? What would summer school be without some summer reading? Check out these snow safety summer reading picks:
- Avalanche Essentials – Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper – Start with the Ten Commandments of avalanche safety. Avalanche Essentials is dashboard sized, perfect for some refresher study on the way to the trailhead. Read the WildSnow.com’s review. Order the book here.
- Snowy Torrents 1996-2004, by Knox Williams and Spencer Logan – Is reviewing the details and opinions regarding serious (often fatal) avalanche accidents worth your time? We think so. Read the WildSnow.com’s review. Order the book from the American Avalanche Association.
- Free Skiing – How to Adapt to the Mountain, by Jimmy Oden – This book is seriously a good read for anyone wanting to step up their ski touring, big mountain skiing, and ski mountaineering knowledge.