We just received word from one of our customers in Alaska that his Snowpulse bag saved his life! The details are a little vague, but as far as we know, him and three friends were skinning up a mountain when a slide came down on top of them. Our customer deployed his airbag and ended up going for a ride through some trees. He ended up with his head on the surface, but his body was pinned against a tree and he couldn't move. As the Snowpulse bag deflated, it gave him enough wiggle room to free himself.
On Wednesday (May 5th, 2010) we received a pretty remarkable e-mail which reminds us why we do what we do. Here it is:
Over the weekend there were another two avalanche fatalities. This time it was a group of heliskiers near Valemount, a group were caught and two were killed. Stay safe out there and ski and sled the flat and tracked. Not the typical spring where you can go anywhere you want and not worry. Avalanche conditions seem best on the coast at this time, things are going to be crappy in the interior of BC for some time to come.
An extremely sad day for the snowmobiling community this past Saturday. Two sledders were killed at the Big Iron shootout in Revelstoke at Turbo. A class 3 avalanche came down and hit a large group of spectators (30-50 people). Find more details here bc.rcmp.ca/ViewPage.action
An article from this weekend's Vancouver Sun speaks to the harsh realities of avalanches. Nearly a year after the tragedy that took 8 lives in Sparwood, the town and the survivors are still reeling.
Check out the full story here: Survivors struggle with aftermath of B.C. avalanche. It's personal and well written.
Hello to our US based customers,
Our US based avalanchesafety.com website is almost complete, but not quite. Until that time feel free to purchase directly off of the Canadian site with all prices in Canadian dollars or feel free to call us toll free at 877-742-8769 and we will give you our American pricing. Please be advised that we must ship to an address in the USA to honour US pricing.
We're off to Alberta for the weekend. Taking our wares and setting up shop at the Snowmobile Association's Trade Show in Edmonton this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Come say hello!
The new line of Snowpulse packs has arrived at our door, and they're looking gooood. Let the snow fly.