Backcountry Safety

  • BCA Presents the Backcountry Basics Educational Videos Series

    BCA has just released a new series of five educational videos titled, “BCA Backcountry Basics: Get the Goods without Getting Buried.” The goal is to get new backcountry riders stoked on snow safety–and enrolled in avalanche courses.

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  • 2017 U.S. Snow and Avalanche Workshops Schedule

    Mark your calendars and get educated at one of the U.S. regional snow and avalanche workshops. These pre-season gatherings of snow travelers are a great way to share knowledge, learn, laugh, and network. Meetings are intended for ski patrollers, avalanche forecasters, road maintenance personnel, ski guides, avalanche education instructors, snowmobile professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and applied researchers, and also open to anyone in the community. 

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  • Backcountry Safety Summer School 2017

    At BCA, we feel that there is no better way to spend these long summer months than brushing up on your snow and avalanche safety skills. That is why we have created the BCA ‘Backcountry Safety Summer School’, a course with three sets of quizzes each designed to help you brush up on your backcountry safety and avalanche rescue knowledge.

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  • The Sociology of Skiing: BCA Student Athlete Martin Lentz learns the “Softer Side” of Freeskiing

    By Martin Lentz It could be perceived as a sly way to sneak skiing into an accredited curriculum, but the Sociology of Skiing course I took at Quest University last semester was a profoundly educational experience that had a lasting impact on me as a skier. Quest University is a private, liberal arts school in […]

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  • #sendandreturn: Skiing the Gore Trifecta: Three Couloirs, Three Lines

    Can an unepic adventure be memorable and an amazing experience? I find that sometimes I have the ability to put expectations on certain outings. These outings are usually on my tick list of things I want to accomplish. One of these objectives we called the “Gore Trifecta” and simply consisted of skiing the Silver Couloir on Buffalo, the Big Bad Wolf on Red #1, and What Big Eyes You Have on Little Red.

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  • Watch Video: Shared Lines – Developing New England’s Backcountry Alliance

    The backcountry and sidecountry in the East Coast is often heavily wooded, making it difficult or nearly impossible to ski. For years, many members of the New England backcountry skiing community have fought for the right to glade and trim sections of forest to make these areas more optimal for backcountry skiing.

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  • #sendandreturn: Turn around on Mount Rainier

    When Backcountry Access was calling for #unepicadventures — decision making success stories, Sam Bergeron thought, “Boy, do I have a lot of these backcountry fuck-ups, turn-arounds and lessons-learned to share!” Read Sam’s ultimate #unepic season-ending Mount Rainier ski tour story here.

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  • #unepicadventures: Radio Communications Alert Group of Avalanche

    Three backcountry skiers effectively used their two-way radios last month to instantly communicate the moment an avalanche triggered and began to slide. It’s a good example of the isolated danger of triggering persistent slab avalanches. And a great example of safe backcountry travel protocols.

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  • Avalanche Beacon Training Park Opens at Rocky Mountain National Park

    BCA’s newest avalanche beacon training park was featured on 9News “NEXT WITH KYLE CLARK, KUSA”. Watch the broadcast and read the story here!

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