With the recent hype of the ABS Avalanche Airbag System, due to an avalanche at Stevens Pass in which survivor Elyse Saugstad utilized the lifesaving equipment, we dug deeper to learn more. The Ski Channel caught up with Dakine at the 2012 SIA show in Denver, the largest ski and snowboard trade show in the world, in order to bring you the latest in gear, fashion and trends. Watch this week’s episode of Gear Heads!
See the new packs from Dakine and ABS for the 2012/2013 season. The ABS avalanche airbag system has a 97% survival rate. It is reported to be responsible for saving the lives of many professional athletes and mountain experts that fall victim to the backcountry unknown.
CEO of ABS North America, Steve Wagner, suggests an avalanche safety course as the most powerful tool: “We need to use all the tools available; this means studying the terrain, skiing with a buddy, and utilizing probes, beacons and shovels.” The ABS technology is now a mandatory device worn by Jackson Hole mountain guides, and used in many of today’s consumer accessories like Dakine backpacks.
For more information on how the Avalanche Airbag System works and how to get your hands on one, see The Ski Channel Gear Feature: ABS Avalanche Airbag System.