Avalanche Safety

There’s a lot of talk about avalanche safety these days, and if you’re an outdoor enthusiast planning on trekking into the back country, you need to be prepared.

There are 3 basic items recommended for back country avalanche safety:

  1. Locator device
  2. Probe
  3. Shovel

We carry a wide variety of all three of these, plus an assortment of additional tools to get you prepared for back country safety.

Probably the most important of these three tools is the locator device. Often an Avalanche Beacon is confused with a GPS locator device called a PLB. It’s important to know which device to use because having the right transceiver could mean the difference between life or death in the event of an avalanche.

Avalanche Beacon: This device sends out a signal to a locator used by rescue teams in order to pin-point a buried victim’s location in the snow. Each person needs their own beacon in order to be found. An avalanche beacon is not considered a preventative measure for possible avalanche burial, but is a way to reduce the amount of time buried.

PLB (Personal Locator Beacon): This device sends a distress signal to a network of orbiting GPS satellites. These satellites relay your information to search-and-rescue teams anywhere in the world. This is helpful for stranded hikers, boaters, hunters & some back country situations, but won’t help rescue teams find your exact location if you’ve been buried in the snow.

For more information about avalanche safety checkout this avalanche safety tutorial or stop in and talk with a Ski Haus Associate to find out what you need to be safe in the back country.

Check the Flathead Avalanche Center for local avalanche advisories.

Avalanche Beacon brands we carry:

PLB Brands we carry: