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BCA - Stay Safe


Out of Bounds, Sidecountry, Slackcountry: It’s All Backcountry

Riding out of bounds, “sidecountry,” and “slackcountry” have all become more popular in recent years, and some skiers and riders make the mistake of thinking these areas are safer than the backcountry. They aren’t.

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Multiple Burials: Staying Out of the Headlines

Are multiple fatalities in avalanche accidents becoming more common? And should this influence your decision when you’re buying snow safety equipment? Let’s look at the statistics, the gear, and the realities around multiple burials.

The Companion Rescue Series - Beacon Searching 101

Learn the basics of beacon searching with the team from Backcountry Access. Before traveling into the winter backcountry be sure to take an avalanche class.

The Companion Rescue Series - Strategic Probing 101

This video takes you through the pinpointing or probing stage of an avalanche rescue. This is not a substitute for an avalanche class. Get educated before heading into the winter backcountry.

The Companion Rescue Series - Strategic Shoveling 101

Shoveling is the most time consuming phase of an avalanche rescue. This video takes you through some basic shoveling techniques using 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 shovelers. Be sure to take an avalanche class before heading into the winter backcountry.

The Prevention Series - Packing for the Backcountry

Backcountry Access Snow Safety Series highlights Climbing Life Guide Eli Helmuth as he walks you through what he brings in his pack on a regular outing in the backcountry. Eli has many years of experience guiding, teaching, and responding to accidents in the backcountry.

The Prevention Series - Tour Planning

A well laid plan is the best prevention when it comes to traveling in avalanche terrain. This video explores reading an avalanche forecast, using maps to plan a ski tour, trailhead safety checks, group management and finally, the best part of backcountry skiing, powder!

The Prevention Series - Sleducation

Backcountry Access brings you Mike Duffy, owner and lead educator at, as he walks you through his backcountry safety protocol, specifically for the sledding crowd. Duffy walks you through how to carry your safety gear, how to ride based on the avalanche conditions, and how to keep you and your friends making the right decisions in the backcountry.