‘Send and Return’: BCA Doubles Down on Backcountry Avalanche Safety Videos

Backcountry Access wants you to keep two things in mind when you head out for a day of backcountry skiing: send it and return safely.

Backcountry Access has two new avalanche education videos focusing on snowmobile-accessed backcountry skiing — and safety, of course.

“These videos, targeted at new users, are well-timed with the explosion in popularity of snowmobiling and backcountry skiing prompted by COVID-19,” BCA wrote. The series features BCA athletes and ambassadors “hitting rowdy terrain responsibly.” Basically, they’re setting a great example: Talk to your group, make a plan, stay safe, and have fun.

This doesn’t replace avalanche training, but it’s a fun refresher. And it reminds us of how we can all stay safe while ripping turns in backcountry terrain.

The first video, “Getting the Goods Without Getting Buried,” addresses terrain selection and group management. The second video, “Human Factors in the Backcountry,” introduces snowmobilers to the topics of risk, decision-making, and human error.

You can watch more of the “Send and Return” series here.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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