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$310, bcaccess.com This digital avalanche transceiver — the best-selling beacon in the country — shows the distance and direction to buried victims…

$310, bcaccess.com
This digital avalanche transceiver — the best-selling beacon in the country — shows the distance and direction to buried victims on an easy-to-read LED display. “It’s the best thing to happen for recreationalists and the whole avalanche-beacon industry, says Colorado avalanche forecaster Dale Atkins.

$65, life-link.com A probe will help you pinpoint your buried pal after you've tracked him down with your beacon. This featherlight (6.5-ounce),…

$65, life-link.com
A probe will help you pinpoint your buried pal after you’ve tracked him down with your beacon. This featherlight (6.5-ounce), eight-foot carbon-fiber probe assembles quickly and has a pointy metal tip.

$63, voile-usa.com Cut cornices and isolate test pits with the 16-inch snow saw stored in the handle — it attaches to most sectional ski poles,…

$63, voile-usa.com
Cut cornices and isolate test pits with the 16-inch snow saw stored in the handle — it attaches to most sectional ski poles, allowing shovel and saw to be used independently. The aluminum scoop will hack through stone-solid avy debris and has holes for rigging a rescue sled or snow anchor.

$200, bdel.com (Available September '06) If you're buried, the AvaLung — conveniently integrated into the shoulder of this pack — directs exhaled air…

$200, bdel.com (Available September ’06)
If you’re buried, the AvaLung — conveniently integrated into the shoulder of this pack — directs exhaled air away from you, allowing you to breathe oxygen within the snowpack that’s not contaminated by your own deadly CO2.

$90, life-link.com This 24-ounce satchel is packed with everything you need to apply basic first aid, repair ski equipment on the spot, endure an…

$90, life-link.com
This 24-ounce satchel is packed with everything you need to apply basic first aid, repair ski equipment on the spot, endure an accidental night under the stars, and keep an avalanche victim warm during rescue.

What's next: Airbags for avalanches?$859, abssystem.com The best way to survive a slide is to not get buried. The ABS system — integrated into a…

What’s next: Airbags for avalanches?
$859, abssystem.com
The best way to survive a slide is to not get buried. The ABS system — integrated into a 30-liter ski pack — uses compressed nitrogen to inflate airbags that increase a skier’s volume, keeping him on the surface. PROPS: Many of the snow-science professionals we interviewed prefer this safety device over the traditional shovel, probe, and beacon approach, because it prevents skiers from getting buried in the first place. GRIPES: The price tag places it out of reach for most backcountry skiers, but rentals are available.