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.

  • Intro to Avalanche Transceivers for Skiers and Snowboarders (Video)

    Traveling in the backcountry with an avalanche transceiver is highly recommended (OK, we’re biased), but beacons will only help you and your group if you all know how to use them. To further your avalanche transceiver knowledge, BCA has created 12 new transceiver education videos for the 17/18 season: from the very basics to the very esoteric, including one on how to pass the transceiver portion of a guiding exam.

    BCA’s “Introduction to Avalanche Transceiver for Skiers and Snowboarders” provides nearly everything you need to know about getting started with your transceiver.  You’ll learn how to use your directional lights to follow electromagnetic flux lines. You’ll learn how to wear your beacon and how to keep it isolated from electromagnetic noise. The videos also clarify the importance of the third antenna, and how it cleans up the last few meters of the search to eliminate misleading “spike” signals.

    Once you graduate from watching “Introduction to Avalanche Transceivers,” check out our new videos on how to do a transceiver trailhead test, advanced transceiver search techniques, and how to conduct a transceiver search in case of multiple avalanche burials. We also have a series on Tracker’s special functions, including Special Mode, Signal Suppression, and Big Picture. All of these can be found on our Videos page. For training videos about avoiding avalanches (the Backcountry Basics) and performing companion rescues, first aid, and evacuation, go to our Education page.  Watch our product videos for specifics on each Tracker avalanche transceiver model.

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