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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.

  • #unepicadventures: Jon Miller, Ketchum, ID

    Jon Miller was snowmo-boarding with some guys around Ketchum, Idaho. The snow had settled a little bit from the day before, but there were visual affirmations of the previous day’s conditions on steep east-facing slopes. They saw several slides that ran wide and long, right at and above treeline.

    “Unfortunately there were a few too many red flags that afternoon to make dropping in worth the risk: the storm slab was less than 12 hours old, with some wind loading, some natural avy activity, and a pretty steep entry near rocks, where the snowpack was shallow,” said Jon. “Even if the slope didn’t avalanche and they got great shots, it would still have been risky decision-making.”

    The great thing about being a “hybrid” snowmobiler/snowboarder, is that there are plenty of options on any given day.

    Read Jon Miller’s story: #unepicadventures: Sun Valley Downhill Missions Aborted, Snowmobiling Instead!

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