Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit

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Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit:  BCA designed its snow study tools in conjunction with North America's most experienced avalanche educators. Backcountry Access snow study tools allow you to gather all of the data you need, without breaking the bank.
Protective thermo-molded case includes the following items:
Crystal Card.
Slope Meter.
Analog Thermometer.
10x Magnifying Loupe.
Weight: 9.9 ounces / 280 grams.
Dimensions: 8.0 x 5.7 x 1.5 in / 20 x 15.5 x 4 cm.
Highlights: Hangs vertically on snowpit wall.

Weather and Wind:

  • Proper use of snow study tools allows the user to gather valuable information on the stability of the snowpack and make informed travel decisions
  • Thermometer will tell you the temperature of the snow you're about to traverse, displayed in either Fahrenheit or Celsius
  • The Backcountry Access Snow Study kit comes in a thermoplastic case for securely stowing individual tools in a convenient place
  • 6x magnifying loupe helps you get a close look at the snow
  • Aluminum crystal card has printed information on basic snow crystal types is easy to carry in a pocket and reference on moment's notice
  • Aluminum crystal card and 6x magnifying loupe allow you to study snow crystal shape and size to gain information about snow stability


  • Multiple slope indexes on the crystal card help you calculate the slope steepness on a topographic map; also includes a 10cm ruler
  • Kit includes an analog thermometer, slope meter, aluminum crystal card and 6x magnifying loupe, all packaged in a carrying case
  • Thermomolded plastic case included
  • Digital Thermometer
  • Slope Meter will tell you accurately the angle of the slope you're on so you can avoid dangerous areas
  • Slope meter calculates the angle of the slope, helping you navigate through potential avalanche terrain

The Backcounty Access Snow Study Kit keeps all your essential snow study tools together in a zippered kit. With magnifying loupe to look at the crystal type and size, a thermometer to observe temperature changes, and a slope meter to measure steepness, you can start assess stability and avalanche potential. (2014)

When you're heading out into the snow, make sure you're prepared with the Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit. Developed in cooperation with North American avalanche professionals, this kit contains a digital thermometer, crystal card, 6x magnifying loupe, and slope meter.


The Backcountry Access Snow Study kit gives you every advantage in the backcountry by helping you thoroughly analyze snowpack.


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Organized in a durable nylon pouch, the BCA Snow Study Kit has most everything you'll need to make informed snowpack decisions.


Essential tools for snow safety. Protective thermo-molded case includes the following items

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6x magnifying lens:Glass lens and folding metal base
Activity:Backcountry skiing
Digital Snow Thermometer Temperature Range:-58° F to 392° F (-50° C to 200° C)
Dimensions:9 x 5.5 x 2 inches
Model #:SS-14000
Slope Meter Angle Range:0° to 60°
Snow Crystal Card:6 x 4 in (15 x 10 cm)
Software Upgradable:no
Upc, Ean, Isbn:894913002455
Weight:11 oz / .280 KG
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Backcountry Access Snow Study Kit Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Has essentials,doesn't fit aiare book

This is a useful basic backcountry snow kit with some essential tools to aid in characterizing snow and your terrain. Both the kit cover and the tools seem to have durable construction.

One con, whichi could easily be corrected by the manufacturer is that the kit is too small for a typical aiare or all-weather notebook.
CoMike at REI on 02/02/2013

Neutral Reviews:

NOT 2014 item!

Digital thermometer breaks easily, therefore analogue is cheaper and better. 2-3 thermometers are optimal to get air and snow measurements done fast. Metal crystal card ices up, better to use darkened plexi-glas or coated metal (with engraved readings, not printed). 6x magnifier is too low, 8x is minimal, 10-12 is optimal for non-scientific use.

Best thing is the case, which is rugged and protects the sensitive items (especially thermometers) pretty well. I ripped out the foam so I can fit in all my snow study stuff (2mm nylon cord for block cutting, 3 analogue thermometers, 2 pencils, 1-2 crystal cards, 1 10x magnifier, AIARE field book).
snow-how at on 01/01/2014