Summertime may be here, but if you are like us, you never really stop thinking about winter. That’s why we feel that there is no better way to spend these long summer months than brushing up on your snow and avalanche safety skills.
Last summer, over 2,000 people participated in our Backcountry Access Summer School, a program with summer reading and a set of quizzes – Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3 – each designed to help you sharpen your knowledge. This summer, we’ll are bringing back our BCA Summer School with new lessons from The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE),the gold standard for avalanche education.
Start now with our suggested summer reading. Then, at the end of July, we will begin our quiz series and Summer School giveaway contest.
Get some studying in before Backcountry Access Summer School.
- Backcountry Safety Handouts – Avalanche Awareness Guide, Avalanche Airbag 101, Beacon Searching 101, Avalanche Probing 101, Avalanche Shoveling 101, Avalanche Awareness and Leading a Companion Rescue (ski and sled versions).
- Backcountry Safety Research Papers – BCA’s library of avalanche research, statistics, human factors and communication, rescue technology and techniques.
- Avalanche Avoidance – The Backcountry Basics (five-part video series)
- Avalanche Rescue – Companion Rescue (six-part video series)
- Success Stories – Living proof – learn something new from every avalanche event, whether it occurred in the backcountry or in-area.
Check out some #SummerReading to brush up on your skills.
- Avalanche Essentials – Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper – Start with the Ten Commandments of avalanche safety. Avalanche Essentials is dashboard sized, perfect for some refresher study on the way to the trailhead. Read the WildSnow.com’s review. Order the book here.
- Snowy Torrents 1996-2004, by Knox Williams and Spencer Logan – Is reviewing the details and opinions regarding serious (often fatal) avalanche accidents worth your time? We think so. Read the WildSnow.com’s review. Order the book from the American Avalanche Association.
- Free Skiing – How to Adapt to the Mountain, by Jimmy Oden – This book is seriously a good read for anyone wanting to step up their ski touring, big mountain skiing, and ski mountaineering knowledge.
- Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard, by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler – The fifth edition of a best-selling classic. Snow Sense is the leading primer on how to avoid getting caught in an avalanche, and focuses on the critical terrain, snowpack, weather, and human factors that allow avalanche accidents to happen.
Stay tuned for the BCA Summer School Giveaway, coming soon in July, 2018
Every person who takes a Backcountry Access Summer School quiz will be entered into our BCA 2018 Summer School Contest and registered a new entry for a chance to win one of our cool new BCA Urban Backpacks.