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BCA's Mktg VP Bruce Edgerly unveils "Backcountry Starts Here" at CSAW (Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop) last Friday in Breckenridge. The campaign will be launched by Project Zero, a multinational, industrywide coalition of manufacturers, avi forecast centers and land managers. The project's mission is to reduce avalanche fatalities to zero. "Backcountry Starts Here" is targeted at resort-accessed backcountry riders, with the goal of getting them to approach "sidecountry" terrain the same way as true backcountry. Project Zero ran a video contest last spring, which we blogged here:
www.backcountryaccess.com/2014/03/06/project-zero-north-american-ski-industry-and-forecast-center... . Stay tuned for more!
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Will it be an El Niño year? At the Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop (CSAW) on Friday, Joe Ramey of the National Weather Service gave his much-anticipated annual forecast for the 2014-15 season. His conclusion: a potential "weak El Niño," meaning higher than normal precip in the southern mountains of the US, less than normal in the Pacific Northwest, and neutral in Colorado (except for some major upslope storms in Colorado's Front Range). However, he tempered his prediction with a "dartboard" analogy: all weather forecasts are like playing darts: a higher probability only means that there's a larger "section of the dartboard" where that dart could land—but there's still a chance the dart might land in other parts of the board (he even set up a dartboard in the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center to illustrate the concept).

And if the weak El Niño doesn't fully develop this season, he said, "all bets are off." This is what happened last year: we had a neutral "no Niño" weather pattern—and the results were that Colorado and the Midwest got creamed and California got skunked, thanks to a high pressure system that parked itself off the Pacific coast.

If El Niño happens, then it would be welcome news for Cali, which would most likely have a much-needed banner year. For their sake, we're hoping for that weak El Niño (or even a strong one). But we're selfish, so are pushing for another rockin' "no Niño." We advise going out and buying a ton of new gear at BCAccess.com, for what will no doubt be an epic year ;)
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Brian WebsterHoping all mountains across the west do well, we sure need those pow days and epic runoff in the summer for our rivers and lakes2 days ago   ·  3
Ben Hicksel-nunyo2 days ago
Dave GoodmanI think what Backcountry Access was trying to say is.."we'll give you 20% off to help you go buy a ton of new gear..." :)15 hours ago

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Our Mission

BCA is celebrating its 20th year in 2014-15. When we first got started in our humble garage in Colorado, we never dreamed it would get this big. But thanks to support from our loyal customers, we’re now the biggest and most trusted name in snow safety. We’re looking forward to another 20 years of backcountry riding and, most important, 20 more years of saved lives.

When we equip you for the backcountry, we work to equip you not only with gear, but with knowledge to make informed decisions. That’s why we support all of our products with a consumer education program and the most knowledgeable customer service staff in the industry.

Our mission is to save lives, not just sell products. This is how we measure success. The bottom line: don’t get caught in the first place. Get educated, choose your terrain according to the conditions, and communicate clearly. Our hope is that you’ll never use any of our rescue gear–except for practice. We want you to be a BCA customer for life.

mission to educate

Staff and Reps


Bruce McGowan, General Manager
Bruce Edgerly, VP Global Sales/Marketing
Tiffany Hampshire, Operations Director
Steve Christie, Director of Sales
Andy Wenberg, Snowmobile Sales Manager
Sander Wyjad, Direct Sales & Customer Service Manager
Kim Godfrey, Senior Graphic Designer
Dane Olson, Inside Sales and Technical Services
Dane Olson, Inside Sales and Technical Services
Toni Leskela, Category Director

Tech reps:

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Betsy Norsen, Oregon/South Cascades
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Dwayne and Deb Paynton, Snowmobile Reps
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Felix Camire, Canadian Rockies
Kirk Bio
Kirk Bachman, Idaho
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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
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Minot Maser, Northern Rockies
Nick Bio
Nick Armitage, Montana
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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.

BCA Athletes / Partners


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Shaun Raskin
Daron Rhalves Pro
Daron Rahlves
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Alex Paul
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Jacqui Edgerly
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Corey Seemann
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Cody Barnhill
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Mattias Giraud
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Pep Fujas
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Tatum Monod
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Benny Schmitt
Riley Leboe Pro
Riley Leboe
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Josh Bibby

BCA will accept sponsorship requests and proposals for the upcoming season from April 1 to October 1. Proposals and requests can be submitted by going here.


Larry Goldie
North Cascades Mountain Guides

Marcus Beck
Alpine World Ascents

Matt Wade
Peak Mountain Guides

Mike Alkaitis
Colorado Mountain School


BCA's Partners

Sponsorship Application


Backcountry Access accepts sponsorship requests between April 1 – October 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.