Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Avalanche safety when snowboarding

For those of us who ride backcountry and sidecountry, avalanches are our biggest fear...or should be. We're living on borrowed time. Training helps reduce the chance of avi but nothing eliminates it.

Beacons make it easier to be found, but being found dead is little consolation.

Inflatable bags are the best solution on the market today. Here's a fascinating story and product test of the BCA Float 30. Because it uses compressed air instead of gas, it can be packed into your carry-on. That's huge. It is expensive ($700) but what's your life worth?

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