American Avalanche Institute Partners with Backcountry Access

Photo L to R: AAI owners Don Carpenter, Don Sharaf, Sarah Carpenter, and AAI founder Rod Newcomb.

The American Avalanche Institute (AAI) and Backcountry Access (BCA) are proud to announce their partnership for winter 2015/16. AAI is a leading source of avalanche education in the U.S. and the country’s oldest avalanche school. BCA is North America’s leading manufacturer of snow safety equipment.

Both the American Avalanche Institute and Backcountry Access are dedicated to saving the lives of backcountry enthusiasts. This partnership will advance the support of backcountry travelers through education efforts that offer relevant tools and practices for the complex winter environment. BCA and AAI are committed to excellence in snow safety equipment and education.

“We’re excited for this partnership, as the companies truly complement each other,” stated AAI co-owner, Sarah Carpenter. “BCA has been a long-time supporter of avalanche education, and we are looking forward to advancing the field with them as a partner.”

“We’re honored that AAI has made BCA the equipment of choice for their instructors and students,” said BCA co-founder Bruce Edgerly. “But it goes further than that: we both believe education comes first.”

Backcountry Access 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.

The American Avalanche Institute was founded in 1974 by Rod Newcomb and is known for translating snow science into applicable tools for decision-making in a winter mountain environment. The AAI is committed to educating recreationists and professionals with tools and skills to travel in and around avalanche terrain. The AAI continues to grow the community of winter sports recreationalists and strives to encourage thoughtful, educated travel through the mountains.