BCA Today

  • BCA Float Avalanche Airbag Saves Heli-boarder

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    Nick Polidoro was demo’ing a Float airbag while heli-boarding in March 2016 in Haines, AK. He was caught in an avalanche on Directors North, getting carried over two cliffs—and over 1000 vertical feet. He ended up with his face and toes just above the surface. “Before I pulled the trigger, I had no control whatsoever. Once I pulled it, the whole situation changed: instead of pitch black, I could see white.”

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  • Winter Weather Tools for South America

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    Here’s everything you need to know about weather and avalanches in South America from APRENDICA, the first official provider of AIARE avalanche safety courses in Argentina and Chile. Time to book your summer trip!

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  • Float 8 Airbag Saves Alaska Snowmachiner

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    These are the kinds of stories that make our jobs at BCA so rewarding. The news came from the Friends of the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center with a report of a “near miss avalanche near Cantwell yesterday.” A snowmachiner had been caught in a large avalanche near the top of the slope. He was […]

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  • BCA Float MtnPro Vest: Avalanche Protection with Mobility

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    The Float MtnPro Vest is a piece of avalanche safety equipment that you can wear without having it interfere with your normal movement. It is light; it is comfortable. And it’s not intrusive. Yet, if you find yourself caught in a situation where the mountain starts moving, you know you have a fighting chance of getting out of that predicament alive. Product review by Steve Janes, Editor, SnoWest Snowmobile Magazine.

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  • Roger That! “Sarge” Conway on Backcountry Two-Way Radio Protocols

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    Jim “Sarge” Conway outfits all of his clients with a BC Link two-way radio, and when he recommends two-way radio protocols for backcountry travel, we listen. With a lifetime spent in the mountains and a degree in engineering, he’s one of the BCA ambassadors we count on for heavy technical feedback.

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  • New Videos: Learn Snow Stability Tests with BCA and AAI

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    The American Avalanche Institute translates snow science and decision-making research into relevant video tools and practices for winter mountain travelers.  The organization has created a series of practical videos for preparing for the backcountry and avalanche safety.

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  • Skier Deploys Avalanche Airbag, Posts Video as Warning

    Austin Porzak posts video of deploying his airbag and getting caught in avalanche as warning to backcountry users and wants his near-death experience to help others stay safe.

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  • On Snow in Aspen: Avalanche Education at the Sangree Hut

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    Combine your next hut trip with an avalanche education class and you may have the Sangree Hut as a classroom. Josh Mattson reports from the Aspen Alpine Guides avalanche safety course in Aspen, CO.

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  • Backcountry communication: Send us your “close call” stories

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    BCA is doing research for the 2016 International Snow Science Workshop. Do you ride in an area where groups often ski above or below each other without knowing? Have you ever seen an avalanche nearby, but not known whether somebody was caught? Do you wish you could communicate with others riding in your area, so you could avoid “stomping” on each other’s lines? Then we’d love to hear from you.

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