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.
On Sunday January 29, 2017, Dustin Opheim was caught in an avalanche near Berthoud Pass on the southeast aspect of Russell. The avalanche incident was reported to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center – Dustin was ‘ Skier One’ in the CAIC report, and the only person caught in the avalanche. Dustin recounts his avalanche rescue experience in which he deployed BCA Float avalanche airbag and communicated to his group via his BC Link radios.
“In an effort to retrieve the lost ski, I descended and traversed along the east face on a lower grade than what we thought was dangerous,” reported Dustin. “When I was about halfway across toward my lost ski, the hard slab broke about 30 feet above me. As I began to accelerate down the slope within the path of the avalanche, it knocked me to the ground – that’s when I pulled my airbag trigger.”
Read Dustin Opheim’s story: “Avalanche Rescue: Airbag Deployed as Skier Radios for Help on Berthoud Pass.”
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