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Good news for powder hounds with an Epic Pass: not only can you use your pass in Niseko, Japan (the world's best powder skiing), but you get a deep discount there on renting a Float airbag cylinder. Only 1,000 Yen/day ($8.60) at Niseko Sports or 3,000 Yen for 5 days. In case you don't have one yet, the Epic Pass is good at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breck, Keystone, A-Basin, Park City, The Canyons, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Northstar, Verbier, Niseko, and 3-Vallées, France. Attached is a photo of a BCA VP skiing last season in Niseko. No Photoshop, honest! ... See MoreSee Less

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BCA teams up with Ride Rasmussen Style! BCA will be riding hard this season with snowmobile hill climb icon Bret Rasmussen and his Ride Rasmussen Style instructional and safety program. Bret and his team will be using Float airbags, Tracker transceivers, BC Link radios, and BCA shovels and probes. [BCA GEAR AVAILABLE HERE: www.bcaccess.com].

From Preston, Idaho, Bret travels the world providing in-depth riding clinics, teaching others his unique method for backcountry snowmobile riding. He'll be working with BCA tech rep Mike Duffy this season to add avalanche safety to the workshops. And BCA's marketing and sales staff will attend one of his clinics. Bret holds numerous King of the Hill and World Championship snowmobile hill climb titles, and successfully competed in the 2009 Iron Dog (a race of more than 1,900 miles across Alaskan wilderness). In addition to teaching his clinics, Bret owns and operates Snowmobile Research Services, a design consulting business. He's named as co-inventor on two track patents for mountain use. BCA is stoked to be riding with Bret, Mike, and taking snow safety to the next level in the sledding community.

Follow Bret on his Ride Rasmussen Style Facebook page on.fb.me/1uKOFVe.
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Seattle area Float owners: Mark at 5th Dimension is doing 2 for 1 refills if you deploy your pack at his dive shop. Located in West Seattle on the way to Alki Beach. Get ready for snow! ... See MoreSee Less

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Check out Ski Patrol Magazine's article "Beacon Overload: Making Sense of Transceiver Multiple Burial Functions" by BCA's Bruce Edgerly. It covers real world avalanche rescue and search techniques, with answers to questions like, "How come that icon just disappeared?", and "How the heck do I get these lights to quit jumping around?" Read it here: bit.ly/1yDFGUs. BCA Tracker3 beacons now available here: www.bcaccess.com/index.php ... See MoreSee Less

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Core Values

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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 Ambassadors

Staff:

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

SALES REPRESENTATIVES:

Steve Marks:
AK, WA, OR, ID panhandle

Mike Rosen:
California and Nevada

John Whitcomb:
New England

Rich Kuipers:
Idaho south, Montana, Utah, Wyoming

Clem Smith:
Colorado

Andy Wenberg:
US Snowmobiling and pro sales

Chris Thomson:
Southern Ontario, Canada

Dan Nichols:
Quebec and Northern Ontario, Canada

Christopher Prunier:
Quebec and Northern Ontario, Canada

Charles Leblanc:
Canadian Maritimes

Dan Shepansky:
British Columbia, Canada

Rob Allison:
Alberta, Canada

Dwayne and Deb Paynton:
Canada snowmobiling and pro sales

Pro Ambassadors:

Betsy
Betsy Norsen, Mount Bachelor ski patroller
Felix
Felix Camire, Canadian ski guide
Kirk
Kirk Bachman, Avalanche educator
Lel
Lel Tone, Squaw Valley patroller / Alaska heli guide
Chris Simmons, UIAGM guide
Lisa
Lisa Korthals, Canadian ski guide
Logan
Logan Cookler, Wasatch Powderbird guide
Mike
Mike Duffy, Avalanche educator
Minot
Minot Maser, Dirtbag backcountry skier
Nick
Nick Armitage, Big Sky ski patroller
Rick
Rick Newberry, Kirkwood ski patroller

Guide Ambassadors:

Larry Goldie
North Cascades Mountain Guides

Marcus Beck
Alpine World Ascents

Matt Wade
Peak Mountain Guides

Mike Alkaitis
Colorado Mountain School


Partners / Athletes

Industry Partners:

Partners

BCA's Partners

Pro Athletes:

Shaun Raskin Pro
Shaun Raskin
Daron Rhalves Pro
Daron Rahlves
Alex Paul Photo
Alex Paul
Jacqui Edgerly Photo
Jacqui Edgerly
Corey Seemann, born in 1991 and raised in Vail, CO. My father was an old professional ski racer and became the Rossignol Pro team manager of Jean-Claude Killy and many other Rossingnol pros. He started me skiing at the age on 1 and from then on it was my love. Growing up I competed in park I soon found my following in the deep powder. I have been skiing back country professionally since 2011. I have had a few close calls with avalanches and feel Backcountry Access is one of the best companies out in keeping people safe and dedicating their products to save lives.
Corey Seemann
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Cody Barnhill
Mattias Giraud Pro Photo
Mattias Giraud
Pep Fujas Pro
Pep Fujas
Tatum Monod Athlete Photo
Tatum Monod
Benny Schmitt Athlete Photo
Benny Schmitt
Riley Leboe Pro
Riley Leboe
Josh Bibby Photo
Josh Bibby
Hannah Follender
Hannah Follender
Ben Goertzen, born in 1996, is a Big Mountain skier living in Bozeman, MT. His parents were both ski patrollers, so he started skiing while in his mothers belly. He began competing in Big Mountain comps in 2011 and has since been able to meet the amazing people of the freeskiing community. Winter of 2014/15 will take him on multiple pow-finding adventure with the Bomb Snow crew to make a four episode series. He's am also an avid mountain biker, fly fisherman, backpacker and climber. Now attending school at Montana State University to be a film major and wildlife biology minor. Ben's future aspirations involve pursuing a freeskiing career as well as documenting the change in our wildlife and environment. He wants to head the effort in protecting these things through film, photography and a love of the outdoors.
Ben Goertzen
Amie Engerbretson
Amie Engerbretson
Miles Clark is a professional freeskier and mountain guide who grew up in Northern California and became enchanted by the Sierra Nevada mountains at a young age. Miles has a degree in Molecular Cellular Biology from UC Berkeley and was on his way to medical school when he got a bit sidetracked by fun. He's now spent the past 14 winters skiing full time in Lake Tahoe, CA as well as the past 5 summers skiing full time in Bariloche, Argentina. Miles has skied in every Western US state as well as in Alaska, France, Switzerland, Italy, British Columbia, Japan, Argentina, Antarctica, and Chile. The bulk of Miles' mountain/ski guiding experience has been in Alaska and Washington with additional guiding trips in Yosemite, Mexico, Patagonia, and Antarctica. In addition to the mountains, Miles has developed a nasty taste for warm water (and cold water if necessary) surfing and spends his off seasons surfing in places like Indonesia, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, as well NorCal, SoCal, & BajaCal.
Miles Clark
Zac Horrocks
Zac Horrocks
Eric Hilb is a freeskier born and raised in Vail, CO, now living in Bozeman, MT pursuing a degree and skiing as much as possible. Brought up as a mogul skier, he transitioned into big mountain and backcountry skiing, competing in a number of different junior big mountain skiing competitions around the nation. Coming off of the junior circuit, he will now be able and qualified to compete in the new IFSA sanctioned FWQ tour this year in the 4-star division, with hopes of qualifying for the FWT in the years to come. In addition to this he will be exploring all the amazing new terrain in Montana working with several talented videographers in the area on putting out some exciting new film projects.
Eric Hilb
Named a "preeminent female ski mountaineer of our time" by Outside Magazine, Kim Havell has a great passion for adventure, travel, and exploration-oriented endeavors. She has skied on all 7 continents, with 1st descents on 4, and adventured in over 50 countries. During her travels, she has climbed and skied big peaks from the Himalaya and the Karakorum to the Arctic and Antarctic as well as the highest mountains across the US. She is also the first woman to both ski the notorious Otterbody route on the Grand Teton as well as the first woman to ski-guide the peak. While chasing winter & new challenges, she enjoys documenting and sharing her journeys through her writing and photography.
Kim Havell

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.


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.

 


Jobs at BCA


EMBEDDED SOFTWARE ENGINEER

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.

 Responsibilities:

  • 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.

Location:
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.