Backcountry Access

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@tony_jenkins getting after the early season pow on Togwotee Pass. 📸: @Amon_barker

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Skiers can sled too! Multi-sport enthusiast @loganpehota shows us how its done!

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Early November: A time of year when the stoke is high and landings are grassy. @stu.s.a.__

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BCA could not be more excited to partner with @seeking.nirvana for this upcoming season. Check out the latest installment of the epic Seeking Nirvana Series, "Road To Nowhere." Link to full video in @seeking.nirvana 's bio.

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Whip it into the weekend. @ashley_chaffin #sendandreturn

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Head over to @skimagazine to check out @mck_p's instagram takeover!
From today "Turns are more enjoyed when they are earned, and days are better spent with friends. @lexidupont, @aengerbretson and I had a crazy fun trip to France with Warren Miller Entertainment. Conditions were variable but we made the most of it, skiing every day and partying every night #EuroStyle. Check out our segment in @warrenmillerent’s #LineOfDescent, coming soon to a town near you. " PC: @christophehassel (McKenna Peterson @mck_p #SKImagazine takeover day 4) // @k2skis @backcountryaccess

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Go deep this winter. @screamincmon Photographer: @trentbonaphoto
#sendandreturn

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BCA Athlete, Mckenna Peterson (@mck_p) is taking over @skimagazine this week! Head over to @skimagazine to follow along as she shares her favorite memories from last season! #skimagazine #repost

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Snow Stake? What snow stake? It might only be the second day of October, but it seems that winter is almost here! Keep doing your snow dances and we'll be shredding in no time! Photo taken early this morning @arapahoe_basin

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From Owen Leaper (@o_leeps) "September 23rd powder day at @grandtargheeresort! Yes this was this morning and no I couldn't convince anyone to come with me. #alwaysgo #jhdreaming #winterishere " Someone go shred with Owen!

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Winter stoke coming your way! @stu.s.a.__ and friends tossing, what has got to be, some of the first flips of the season. Crazy 'unicorn' snow storm in Montana delivering the goods on September 16th! Anyone else already thrown a backflip this "winter"? #winteriscoming #getstoked

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The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder. Get stoked, because winter is right around the corner!

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BCA ambassador Chris Mayer (@backcountryascender) gives pointers at the BCA Beacon Training Park over the weekend at the Hay Days Grass Drags. Mayer and fellow Cascade Drift Skippers Jason Holmes and Tim Penelerick trained 62 snowmobilers on Saturday in our mini "debris field" made of organically grown hay.
With the Tracker3, it's easy to find the needle in a haystack!

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One of the many highlights at Hay Days sled fest in Minnesota: meeting Greg Bent, owner of Orion Trailers and survivor of avalanche in Island Park, Idaho. His sled was buried six feet deep, but he stayed on top after deploying his Float 22 airbag. Greg is now a big believer in avalanche education (and airbags, of course).

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We're not just a bunch of backcountry hippies anymore. BCA just wrapped up a high-octane weekend at the Hay Days Grass Drags in North Branch, Minnesota. Lots of diehard sledders here--and lots of interest in avy education.

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Attention Sledheads! Our first stop at Hay Days! Cold PBR and a camo BCA visor for anyone who does a search in our beacon training park this weekend. See you there!

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Cheers to George Rodney (@gskizy) landing a #wildcard spot on the 17/18 @freerideworldtour. 🤘George uses his BCA float 22 to stay safe while sending it huge!

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BCA athlete Stu Edgerly's 2017 Season Edit will have you itching for some airtime! We guarantee that Stu's flips, fast skiing, and bottomless stoke will add some excitement to your afternoon. Head over to @stu.s.a.__ 's page and click the link in his bio for the full action!

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At BCA, we feel that there is no better way to spend these long summer months than brushing up on your snow and avalanche safety skills. That is why we have created the BCA ‘Backcountry Safety Summer School.' These quizzes will help you brush up on your backcountry safety and avalanche rescue knowledge. Quiz 1, link in Bio!

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Last but not least, still probably the craziest things I've done. Season highlight #1 repeat but from the #pov angle. Dub backing chads 👌
- @isaacfreeski signing out, hope you enjoyed the takeover. Peace!

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Season highlight #2! This, although inbounds, was my 1st and second time hitting the church double off high boy. After being showed it I really wanted to trick it in some way. A backflip was hard cause of the downhill take off, taking off/ landing switch would be hard cause of how high speed and pin point it was. The other options a 3 or this. And my gut said front flip so, You can't not listen to your gut 🤙
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Takeover by @isaacfreeski
#frontflip #highspeed #highboy #church

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Switching it up from big mountain to backcountry jumps, one of my highlights this season would definitely have to include dub backying chads! I did it a couple days before turning 22 and stomping this couldn't have been a better birthday present! 🎁
Also shoutout to T-Hall for getting the jump built
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Takeover by @isaacfreeski and 📷 by @misterkevbot #chadsgap #dubback

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Dream Line bonus part 3 - Narnia Holes
Probably one of the scarier moments of the trip for me happened at the bottom of the Dream Line. We called them Narnia holes because if you fell in one who knows where you would end up… The only way out of one would be exactly where you fell in.
These are actually fairly common, differing dramatically in size. They occur next to rock faces that get a lot of sun ☀️ The snow melts from underneath by the heat of the rocks and the snowpack tends to slowly slide down the hill creating these pockets.
When I felt myself drop I tried to distribute my weight as much as possible to try and prevent more snow from collapsing… then I collected myself and got the f@*k outa there!
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Takeover by @isaacfreeski #avalanchesafety #unepicadventures #dontlookdown #ski #skiing #skimountaineering #corn #scary #roamfree #cornhole

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Part 2 - The top! Being the only line we actually got to the top of, I was so stoked to be on the Dream Line I decided to to send a standing backy 😵 with huge exposure on all sides of me falling wasn't an option. So when I stomped it we all started laughing in relief 😂
The best turns were definitely up high cause lower down it still hadn't thawed yet… We were just happy the crux move through the choke over the hanging snowfield was wide enough to fit our skis!
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Take over by @isaacfreeski #avalanchesafety #unepicadventures #steep #skimountaineering #dontlookdown #ski #skiing #mountaineering #makeskiersclimbers #backy #backflip #exposure

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Dream Line Part 1 of 2
Step 1: struggle to get out of our sleeping bags at 2am
Step 2: sled to the park boundary and then skin to the base
Step 3: boot pack 3 thousand feet straight up!
The lower couloir had wet slid the day before and the resulting ice made going up it a breeze. But the second we hit that first turn going onto the hanging snowfield the wall got way steeper and thankfully the snow started to give a little 👌
ps: was a little to gripped to smile hahah
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Insta takeover by @isaacfreeski #avalanchesafety #unepicadventures #freeski #freeride #ski #mountaineering #skimountaineering #roamfree #steep #dontlookdown 📷 @benprager

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When the ☀️ came out we sent it straight for the high alpine. After waiting a little while for a hole in the clouds I dropped in to possibly the biggest cliff I hit all trip and couldn't have been more stoked! The snow was epic and we couldn't get enough of it!
However, later on the weather began to heat up and the conditions started changing into a spring time snow pack. So we decided to put away the powder boards and grab our ice axes. Our next objective, The Dream Line
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Insta takeover by @isaacfreeski #avalanchesafety #unepicadventures #donniewould #howoldisbob #powder #freeride #freeski #pow #freeride #dropin

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Hey! Isaac here (@isaacfreeski) and this week I'm taking over to share about @gskizy and I's recent trip to Montana and then some highlights from my season, So make sure to tune in!
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To kickstart, when we first showed up it was deep and unstable so we kept it mellow in the trees and went searching for face shots ❄️ Mid way through the day one wrong turn left our friends sled vertical in a tree well and left us scratching our heads… luckily, with 5 of us it didn't take to long to dig the back out and level her out 👌
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#avalanchesafety #unepicadventures #adventure #powder #pow #instatakeover #slednecks #freeski #freeride #snowmobile #ski #skiing 📷 @benprager

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