Summer Reading: Backcountry Access Summer School Coming Soon!

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.


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.