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 5 – Get Out of Harm’s Way (Video)

    In this ‘Backcountry Basics Step 5 – Get Out of Harm’s Way’ video, you’ll learn about the essential avalanche and backcountry safety steps every skier, snowboarder, and snowmobiler must take to limit your group’s exposure to dangerous terrain. These include discussing the consequences of traveling on a slope before committing, avoiding terrain traps, placing only one person on a suspect slope at a time, and how and when to help someone when they’re in hazardous terrain.


    1. Limit your group’s exposure to backcountry dangers and dangerous terrain.

    2. Discuss the consequence of traveling on a slope before committing, avoid terrain traps.

    3. Place only one person on a suspect slope at a time.

    • Don’t help a buddy find a lost ski or get unstuck in hazardous terrain
    • Cross or ride suspect slopes one at a time

    4. Stay in contact with one another.

    • Voice
    • Visual

    5. Don’t stop in an area exposed to avalanche hazard.

    6. Don’t enter a closed area or any place undergoing control work.

    7. Minimize your impacts on others – be aware of:

    • Groups above you
    • Groups below you
    • Roads & buildings below you
    • Control work nearby

    8. Never intentionally trigger an avalanche unless you are sure the area below is clear.

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