Avalanche Transceiver Interference Sources with Search and Rescue Considerations
For years we've been aware that electronic devices, metallic objects, and even foil energy bar wrappers, may interfere with an avalanche transceiver search. Despite this, many users are still unclear about which devices may impact a search, and there are no identified strategies for dealing with interference during a search. This study explores the sources and proposes some practical search strategies to address them.
Summer Reading: Avalanche Safety Books
From how-to guides and survival tips to understanding how to use essential gear, there is always something new to learn. Transport yourself back to winter and read some books from our avalanche safety summer reading list. You'll be better prepared to keep safe in avalanche terrain next winter!
U.S. Motorized Avalanche Fatalities Report - Winter 21-22
U.S. snowmobile avalanche fatalities were down 54% (all users) in the 21-22 season compared to the 20-21 season. But common accident problems and patterns contributed to the 6 motorized avalanche deaths - all triggered on persistent weak layers by uneducated and ill-prepared riders. Mike Duffy reports on the impacting factors.
Avalanches can pose a hazard until the snowpack is gone.
BCA avalanche forecast partner Friends of Flathead Avalanche Center shares their advice spring to summer avalanche hazards.
Hazards to look for when taking on spring backcountry missions
With spring storms, the properties of the slab change quickly. Snow often falls on a crust, and more and more slab avalanches are triggered.