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Backcountry Access is a privately held company founded in 1994 by Bruce (“Bruno”) McGowan and Bruce (“Edge”) Edgerly. We currently have about 45 employees, not to mention our reps and distributors. Our headquarters is at Valmont and Foothills, in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Like many innovative companies, we have humble beginnings (Bruno’s garage). At BCA, our mission is to save lives, not just pump products. As a leader in our industry, we need to be responsible about sending people into the backcountry. They need to be equipped not just with products, but with education. That’s why we’ve invested so much in research and education. We pride ourselves on being the “knowledge leaders” of our industry. A visit to our research page shows that we’ve been doing our homework. Developing products and saving lives must be grounded in research and reality. You’ll see that, like our products, our research challenges conventional wisdom about such issues as avalanche statistics, receive range, shoveling, and multiple burials. When we talk about “fresh tracks” and “fresh ideas,” we’re not just talking about skiing powder and developing products. We’re talking about our whole approach to snow safety, rooted in thorough research and placed in proper context with even more important things like education and knowledge.

mission to educate

Company Bios


Bruno Bio
Bruce McGowan, President
Edge Bio
Bruce Edgerly, Vice President
Tiffany Bio
Tiffany Hampshire, General Manager
Steve Bio
Steve Christie, Director of Sales
Andy Bio
Andy Wenberg, Sales and Marketing Specialist
Sander Bio
Sander Wyjad, International & Direct Sales Manager
Kim Bio
Kim Godfrey, Marketing/Graphics Coordinator
Bruno Damico, Inside Sales & Technical Services
Bruno Damico, Inside Sales & Technical Services
Dane Olson, Inside Sales and Technical Services
Dane Olson, Inside Sales and Technical Services

Tech reps:

Betsy Bio
Betsy Norsen, Oregon/South Cascades
Deb and Dwayne Bio
Dwayne and Deb Paynton, Snowmobile Reps
Felix Bio
Felix Camire, Canadian Rockies
Kirk Bio
Kirk Bachman, Idaho
Lel Bio
Lel Tone, Sierras/Northern California
Chris Simmons, Oregon/Washington
Lisa Bio
Lisa Korthals, West Coast, BC
Logan Bio
Logan Cookler, Intermountain/Wasatch
Mike Bio
Mike Duffy, Snowmobile Rep
Minot Bio
Minot Maser, Northern Rockies
Nick Bio
Nick Armitage, Montana
Rick Bio
Rick Newberry, South Sierras/Bay Area

Jobs At BCA


Backcountry Access, a division of K2 Sports, is a thriving company which produces Avalanche Beacons and other unique snow safety and outdoors products located in Boulder, Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains.

The primary responsibility of this software engineering position is to produce embedded real-time control/analysis software used in handheld wireless transceivers.  Tasks will include ground-up software system design, signal detection algorithm design, RFI minimization through software, and efficient user interface design.


  • Design high-reliability control software (embedded C) for life-saving RF devices
  • Ground-up development and implementation of RF detection algorithms
  • Development of Software Defined Radio receivers and DSP filter design
  • Design and perform tests which fully verify proper operation of a system
  • Provide accurate time estimates and periodic status updates for all tasks assigned
  • Collaborative locate software/hardware bugs and improve system performance
  • Effectively work with a team of engineers and technicians to produce a reliable and sellable product

Required Qualifications:

  • BS in Electrical Engineering or BS in Computer Science with experience in embedded systems.
  • Minimum of 1 year experience with projects involving the PIC microcontroller.
  • Comfortable using the C programming language.
  • Experience building and modifying basic (fine-pitch) digital hardware.
  • Basic knowledge of electronic hardware and RF systems.
  • Adept at debugging hardware and software with an oscilloscope, power supply, programming/emulation hardware,  and other general lab equipment.
  • Ability to build the code base microcontroller projects from the ground up. with ease as well as repair, debug, finish, and test existing projects.
  • Maintain logical and readable comments in all code written.
  • Eager to learn new skills relating to electronics and firmware.
  • Well organized and displays good communication skills.
  • Ability to present well in meetings, accurately predict task completion times, and consistently maintain a schedule .
  • Does not get bogged down or stuck after failures; must openly communicate and collaborate with team members.
  • Self-driven, must take ownership of and drive projects given.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Documented portfolio of projects completed both professionally and recreationally containing code and hardware samples.
  • Robotics experience.
  • RF communications experience.
  • SDR and DSP experience.
  • Experience working with high reliability or life-critical devices.
  • Knowledge of Matlab and instrument control via SCPI commands.
  • Automated test fixture design and construction.
  • Backcountry skiing and other outdoor activities are considered a plus.

Boulder, Colorado

How To Apply:
Interested candidates please visit http://erecruit.jarden.com to access all K2 Sports job opportunities posted on the website of our parent company Jarden Corporation.

K2 Sports is an equal opportunity employer.

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BCA will accept sponsorship requests and proposals for the 2014/15 season from April 1, 2014 to September 1, 2014. Proposals and requests can be submitted by going here.


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Sponsorship Application


Backcountry Access accepts sponsorship requests between April 1 – September 1 for the upcoming season. In order for your request to receive serious attention, please fill out both steps of this form. Occasionally, BCA approves requests outside of the above submission window, but the sponsorship application must be received at least six weeks prior to the requested sponsorship date. We prefer to partner with organizations and individuals that emphasize and promote avalanche education and winter backcountry adventures. Please allow two weeks for a response.

Step 2: Email your credentials

If this is for a personal, organization, or event sponsorship, please email us at bca_adk3@sendtodropbox.com and be sure to attach a cover letter, resume, proposal, and photos that highlight your accomplishments and/or sponsorship objectives. Be sure that the name of the files include your last name or the name of the event.