Tour Planning - Backcountry Access

  • Heading to Chile? Get Your Float Airbag Refills Here.

    BCA Chile is providing avalanche airbag cylinder refill services at three convenient locations in 2017.  Email our BCA Chile distributor “Chile Chad” Maurer at with your info and arrival date and his team will be happy to give one of our BCA refill centers a heads-up on when they can expect your arrival for the service.

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  • Summer Skiing the Best New Zealand “Ski Fields”

    South America gets all the glory when it comes to summer skiing. And I don’t deny that the terrain in the southern part of the Americas is epic. But another destination you should consider is New Zealand. With abundant backcountry terrain, here are the best New Zealand ski fields to visit.

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  • To Heck With Ski Mags & their Resort Guides… Here Are Our Favorite Backcountry Ski Areas on Earth

    Here are our favourite places to shred the backcountry. Yes, some of them are pretty close, if not right off resorts, others are off the beaten path; all of them require some effort, some mountain knowledge and a little know-how to get to them. BCA ambassador Miles Clark reports.

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  • Thinking of Heading South? Here are Our Favorite S. American Ski Touring Spots

    The Andes run from Colombia all the way to Chile and the potential for skiing and riding is limitless. So book your tickets, pack your touring kit and go spend some time in South America this summer shredding the backcountry.

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  • 55 Peaks, 109 Routes: Making Turns Guidebook, Volume 2 by Fritz Sperry

    Prolific backcountry author and artist Fritz Sperry has published another guidebook, this one describing ski tours in Colorado’s Front Range, north of Interstate 70. We especially love the section on marijuana, where he suggests sativa over indica, to better achieve that “flow state.” Fritz provides lots of useful detail that’s sure to get you backcountry skiing more creative lines this season.

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  • Powder Jetsetters: air travel with an avalanche airbag cylinder

    Are you flying to an exotic place to chase powder this season, but are worried about bringing your Float air cylinder? Do what BCA, Teton Gravity Research, and other world travelers do and pick up a Benjamin High Pressure Pump.

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  • Backpack or tunnel bag? Proper snowmobile gear placement for mountain riding

    With the advent of protective airbag vests, a tunnel bag is now a must-have. But what gear do you put in each one? If you’re looking to be more nimble, let your machine carry the weight instead of your back. But always carry an extra shovel on your sled, so you don’t have to remove your airbag to dig out your sled. BCA sled ambassador Mike Duffy reports.

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  • Gear Review: What to Carry in Your Ski Pack This Winter

    Can’t wait to ski this season? Us too! In order to hit the backcountry when the first flakes fall, now is the time to get your gear ready. Following is a list of items our guides carry in their packs on an average day of ski touring.

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  • Why to use a GPS app (like Gaia) while backcountry skiing

    The best way to travel in unknown or whiteout backcountry terrain is with a GPS device or GPS phone application. Using travel aids is a great way to increase safety and is an important skill for any backcountry traveler to have. It can even help identify potential avalanche terrain before you get there. Mike Alkaitis reports.

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