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How the pros send safely: BCA’s “Send and Return” web series combines avalanche safety and rowdy skiing

Ski films usually feature aggro riding in burly avalanche terrain. Avalanche courses are usually in mellow terrain. BCA’s progressive new “Send and Return” video series meets in the middle, featuring rowdy skiers responsibly ripping semi-dangerous terrain. It’s a whole new take on avalanche education by Backcountry Access (BCA), renowned maker of Tracker avalanche beacons and Float airbags.

These short videos feature a select crew of BCA ski and snowmobile athletes riding on their home turf. Not only do they highlight the necessary gear you need—at the least, a beacon, shovel, probe, and airbag—they illustrate how backcountry riding is a blast, especially when approached with the proper protocols. In their own words, “BCA’s Send and Return series is all about riding hard in the backcountry—according to the avalanche conditions.”

In Episode One, “Wrangling Montana Cold Smoke with the Bozeman Crew,” BCA athletes Ben Goertzen, Stu “STU-S-A” Edgerly and Dylan Zellers tweak their plans after reading the local avalanche forecast and decide to head southwest to Montana’s Gallatin Range. They find a stable snowpack there and proceed to tee off on superb riding conditions. Follow along as these riders test the snow, check beacons, travel smart and shred pow, all in a day’s work.

Stay tuned right here on freeskier.com as we’ll be highlighting Episode Two, “Chasing BC Pillows with the Canadian Hosers,” in early December, featuring BCA athlete Riley Leboe and the crew from Seeking Nirvana. Can’t wait that long? Click here to watch all three videos in BCA’s Send and Return series right now.


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