Your own safety is the best reason to use an avalanche rescue system. But there are many other compelling reasons to choose the Original ABS®. Years of practical experience.There is no other avalanche airbag manufacturer with asmuch valuable experience. This experience has led to constant refinements of the original ABS® system for more than 25 years. Examples include switching from the mono airbag to dual airbags, converting mechanical activation to pressurized activation, and changing the shape of the airbag so the user floats flat on the surface. To date, 97%* of victims with an activated ABS® Avalanche Airbag have survived, 87% of them completely uninjured. Leading innovator. ABS® regularly releases technical innovations to further increase the likelihood of surviving an avalanche or to improve the comfort of the avalanche system.


Since 1978, DRIVING FORCE has been driven to deliver a new level of customer care. As one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for six consecutive years, we are proud to provide car, van, SUV and truck rentals, van, truck, SUV and car sales, leasing and fleet management to our customers in Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon, including Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Langley (Vancouver), Fort St. John, Whitehorse, Inuvik and Iqaluit. DRIVING FORCE in Langley provided a lease truck within our very tight budget and timeframe for our South Rockies Avalanche Field Observation team.

Innate creates cleanly designed storage solutions for outdoor travel. We’re based in Vancouver Canada, a city that inspires us to design and ensure our products are made with a reduced ecological footprint in keeping with our philosophy of Leaner, Cleaner, Greener. Our product collections combine thoughtful clean design with careful attention to production quality for durable functionality and timeless appeal. Our goal is that you will experience lasting satisfaction from our products and recommend them to your family and friends.

Backcountry communications game changer -- inReach is the first truly global satellite messenger with GPS and 2-way texting for SOS and personal communication. Its rugged, waterproof design makes inReach the perfect communications lifeline for outdoor enthusiasts.

Operating on Iridium, the largest commercial satellite constellation in the world, inReach offers coverage over every square inch of the planet including the Poles, airways and oceans. You can use inReach to send AND receive vital info or a simple Hello absolutely anywhere. inReach can be used on its own for basic messaging, SOS and tracking. Or it can be wirelessly paired with iPhone®, iPad®, iPod® touch and Android smartphones and tablets for fully interactive SOS and text messaging, and navigation using DeLorme maps.

inReach includes GEOS global emergency monitoring and dispatch services at no extra cost. In an emergency, GEOS notifies your emergency contacts and emergency responders in your area. Unlike 1-way beacons, inReach enables you to receive confirmation that your SOS was received by GEOS, and to communicate updates while you are waiting for SAR to arrive. You can even cancel your SOS if the situation changes.

inReach Canada offers affordable, contract-free monthly service plans that can be suspended in the off-season. www.inreachcanada.com.


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Uwe Gramann is a registered professional meteorologist (P.Met.) with over 15 years of meteorological experience over the mountains of western Canada. He provides meteorological consulting, forecasting and training services to engineering firms, avalanche operations, movie sets, mountain safety, winter events as well as search and rescue efforts. His experience ranges from small automated forecasting systems to project safety and media briefings at international FIS world cup races.



Kootenay Mountain Culture and Coast Mountain Culture magazines are international-calibre biannual publications dedicated to the exploration, celebration and chronicling of mountain culture as it exists throughout the mountain ranges of interior and coastal western North America, and the world over. The publications are available, for free, at 300 locations throughout southern British Columbia and Alberta, Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest, or by subscription. Visit www.kmcmag.com and www.coastmountainculture.com for more information.


Dan Savage Marketing developed the CAC Bulletin Widget. His websites, including PowderCanada.com promote CAC outreach events and public avalanche safety programs.