BCA Today

  • Float 8 Airbag Saves Alaska Snowmachiner


    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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  • 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


    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


    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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  • Avalanche at Icefall: Group Communication Success Story

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    When 16 friends descended on the Icefall Lodge for a week of touring, they had no idea their BC Link radios were the most important piece of equipment in their backpacks.

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  • High End Snowmobile Techniques from The Professor

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    It was the snowy winter of 1968, out in the foothill ranch country of southeastern Idaho. Ten-year old Bret Rasmussen climbed onto his 12-horse Ski Daddler and followed his dad into the mountains. He was hooked from the get go and the sport of snowmobiling found a life-long apostle. Since that day, Rasmussen has been drawn to challenges and the lessons learned in the process.

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  • EpicTV: BCA Pushes its Avy Education Message in Europe


    While EpicTV may be better known for action videos, gear reviews and a well-stoked shop, they practice what they preach: safe, fun, epic adventure in the outdoors. From their roots in Chamonix, France, a mecca for big mountain skiing and riding, this year they pulled out all of the stops to add their voice to the avalanche education conversation.

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