Learn Avalanche Safety
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.
Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah
I was skiing a west-facing slope near Scotties Bowl in late December when a slab roughly 2.5 feet deep by 200 feet wide broke off a few feet above me. I immediately deployed my BCA Float avalanche airbag and attempted to self-arrest. The airbag helped me stay above the moving debris and kept me upright. In terms of function, it did its job and made all the difference. I am certain that without the buoyancy of the airbag, I would have been fully engulfed by the avalanche, most likely suffering severe injury from the trees downslope.
The airbag gave me a fighting chance to stay upright, dig my edges into the slope, and allow the heavier avalanche debris to flow beneath me.
Looking back, a Whippet would have been very useful in my situation, but I’m sure glad I had my BCA Float 18!
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