Backcountry Access Blog
The Wait is Over! Tracker 3 is now available.
Posted on August 18th, 2014 by James | 8 Comments
BCA has started shipping Tracker3! This much-anticipated avalanche transceiver has the same super-intuitive user interface and real-time display as our Tracker2 avalanche beacon, but in a package that’s 20 percent smaller and lighter. It also features Signal Suppression and Big Picture modes, for ease of use in multiple-victim avalanche rescues.… Read more
SAFETY ALERT – Float Trigger Voluntary Recall
Posted on July 1st, 2014 by Dane | 6 Comments
We are conducting a trigger upgrade on all Float packs sold into the marketplace during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. Please see the attached SAFETY ALERT for details.
This trigger update includes the Float 30, 18, 36, 22, 32 and Throttle. The Float 30 with T-handle is not included.… Read more
Tour Planning: BCA’s latest Prevention Series video
Posted on April 7th, 2014 by James | 0 Comments
BCA has added a new avalanche educational video to our three-part “Prevention Series.” Our new snow safety video on tour planning is all about preparing in advance for a big day in the backcountry:
Checking the avalanche forecast;
Discussing the plan with your group;
Planning your backcountry skiing or snowmobiling… Read more
Project Zero: North American ski industry and forecast centers team up to eliminate avalanche fatalities.
Posted on March 6th, 2014 by James | 0 Comments
by Bruce Edgerly
In a somewhat unprecedented act of collaboration, members of the North American ski industry have begun working together toward the common goal of eliminating avalanche fatalities. A group of U.S. and Canadian manufacturers, ski resorts, and avalanche forecast centers have recently announced the launch of… Read more
Sidecountry vs Backcountry: The New Rules of Engagement
by Bruce Edgerly
“I don’t like the way things are going in the states with ski resorts all regulated by lawyers and insurance companies. It’s not fair to real skiers able to ski radical things totally within our abilities. People suing ski areas should be shot.”
This classic quote from… Read more
Let’s “get real” about multiple burials.
Posted on February 10th, 2014 by James | 2 Comments
“Five killed in Loveland Pass avalanche.”
“Three die in out-of-bounds snowslide near Stevens Pass.”
Attention-grabbing headlines like these are unfortunate and tragic. Are multiple fatalities in avalanche accidents becoming more common? Should this influence your decision when buying snow safety equipment? The answers are no and no, respectively.… Read more
Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing Goes Exclusive with Tracker2 Transceivers
Posted on December 18th, 2013 by James | 0 Comments
The world’s second-largest guiding operation has gone exclusive with Tracker2 avalanche transceivers. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing (MWHS) purchased 160 Tracker2′s this week from Boulder, Colo. manufacturer Backcountry Access, Inc. (BCA). They’ll be used at the main MWHS facility in Blue River, British Columbia. Combined with their existing fleet of 40… Read more
The Snow is here… But are you Ready? Some Early Season Tips!
Posted on December 11th, 2013 by James | 0 Comments
So your ski partner just called and it’s game on for a backcountry tour this weekend. Here are some tips from Matt Wade of Peak Mountain Guides to ensure your first day out is a success:
With the ski season ramping up across the West, people are dusting off… Read more
Tis’ The Season… To Save Some Money! A Ski Partner Gift Guide.
Is your touring partner stuck in a different era? Looking for that perfect gift for your backcountry ski partner, but need to save some money for gas to the trailhead? BCA’s got some great stocking stuffers and web specials, so you can show your love without breaking the bank.
Maybe… Read more
Float Fest! BCA Launches Airbag Deployment Contest
Just like practicing with your avalanche beacon at least once a year, we recommend testing your Float airbag. Pulling the trigger to test the function of the Float not only lets you know how it works, but also lets you know how hard to pull if you ever really need… Read more