Learn Avalanche Safety

Backcountry Access (BCA) is North America’s leading manufacturer of snow safety equipment, including Tracker transceivers, Float airbags, shovels, probes, and BC Link radios. BCA’s mission is to save lives, not just sell products. BCA has always considered education to be just as important as the gear it makes. That’s why BCA supports avalanche education programs and forecast centers--and why the company backs up all its products with consumer education and knowledgeable customer service.

  • David Frederikson – Avalanche Airbag Save

    This is the kind of “hat trick” we suggest you avoid. Girdwood, Alaska snowmobiler David Frederikson, 30, has deployed his Float airbag three times in avalanches: once at Hatcher Pass in 2010 and twice in one season at Thompson Pass in 2012. He said he stayed on top every time. Frederikson insists that the position of the Float airbag behind his neck and head enabled him to see where he was going and to fight his way out of the main debris flow. Our suggestion: take an avalanche course and work on your terrain selection! Airbags are no substitute for good judgment.

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