With the increase in avalanche accidents across the West, a public outreach campaign was needed for back country entrance areas. What started in the Pacific Northwest in 2009 in cooperation with King County Search and Rescue, Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, the US Forest Service, WSDOT, and the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Resort, we launched our first pilot of new avalanche awareness signs.
These new “Are You Beeping?” beacon check stations includes simple public information, a solar powered BCA Beacon Checker™, and a micro-controller for logging of all data.
Over a decade later and now deployed in hundreds of locations around the world, we have optimized the graphics to solar power and also manufacturer the Beacon Checkers for BCA. The hope is to continue to spread the word, deploy in as many locations as possible, and make it easy for resorts and non-profit groups to acquire and deploy these and save lives. Please contact us for more information.
Local News coverage of the beacon check stations: