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.

  • Backcountry Basics Step 4: Get the Picture (Video)

    Get the goods without getting buried. BCA guide ambassador Lel Tone and BCA pro athlete Colter Hinchliffe talk about your daily routine: getting the big picture about the mountain and terrain and how to look for where the risk areas for snow instability and avalanches may lie for the day. They review info sources like locations of recent avalanche activity, terrain photos, maps and reports from others to anticipate dangerous terrain and where to get the best snow. Filmed with support from AIARE and The Avalanche Project.

    DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS: For FREE download, follow these instructions.

    • Step 1: Click the ‘download video in browser’ link. (DO NOT click the green ‘Download the app’ button on the landing pages.)
    • Step 2: Wait…. then click the new GREEN download button in the smaller screen that pops up below.


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