Top 5 Avalanche Transceivers

Best Avalanche Beacons for Skiing

We put together a list of the best avalanche beacon for skiing, splitboarding, and snowmobiling tested in the Tetons, British Columbia and more while recreating in the backcountry.

Keep in mind, the following beacons DO NOT give you the green light to go out on days when you shouldn’t be in the mountains.

Best Avalanche Beacon 2019

Pieps DSP sport transmitting with included wrist-strap Photo Jonathan Penfield | Mountain Weekly News

Pieps DSP sport transmitting with included wrist-strap Photo Jonathan Penfield | Mountain Weekly News

pieps

Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon – ($299.95)

The Pieps DSP Sport is one of the best avalanche beacons that includes many more advanced features at a price similar to some of the more basic beacons on the market. Its straightforward and simple intuitive use makes for a short learning curve and reliability while under the pressure of a search scenario.

[Purchase: $299.95]

BCA Tracker 3 Beacon Photo Mike Hardaker | Mountain Weekly News

Tracker3

BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon – ($335)

Coming from the Tracker 2 to the BCA Tracker 3, I was really looking for some cons in the Tracker3, simply because I don’t want to always write about how awesome every product is. Unfortunately for me, BCA did an amazing job at refining the size and making the BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon is even easier to use than the T2. I would recommend this beacon to anyone in the market, from beginner to pro. I don’t think there is more bang for your buck than the BCA Tracker3.

[Purchase: $335]

Mammut Pulse Avalanche Beacon

Mammut Barryvox Beacon – ($349.95)

If you’re a guide, experienced backcountry skier, or total tech junkie then the Mammut Barryvox Beacon is one of the best avalanche beacons designed with you in mind. In that same vein if your someone who knows how to use this beacon then your also someone who “hopefully” knows how to prevent having to use it.

[Purchase: $349.95]

French Avalanche Beacon

Arva Evo 4 Beacon – ($259.99)

Another top-of-the-line avalanche beacon, the Arva Evo4 Beacon also features a 3 antenna system that automatically switches to the best transmission. A simple and intuitive display with an audio alert option makes using the Arva Evo 4 Beacon easy.

There is even a mark/unmark feature available so you can find multiple people in the unfortunate instance of multiple burial scenarios.

[Purchase: $259.99]

Ortovox S1+ Beacon Photo Josh Carr | Mountain Weekly News

ortovox

Ortovox S1+ Beacon – ($489)

An amazing tool in every sense of the word, the Ortovox S1+ Beacon offers Smart-Antenna technology once again, a key component in its design. The coolest thing about this beacon is its Auto Scan and Navigator function. All you have to do to find your buried comrades is flip the baby open and go from there. It automatically goes into search mode when opened and is incredibly easy to use. The Ortovox S1+ shows instructions on the illuminated Real-Time display so that you can get to work and save a life, no questions asked.

[Purchase: $489]

Before buying an avalanche beacon, please be sure to signup for an avalanche course, as a beacon alone will not save your life or your partners. Once you purchase a beacon you’ll want to learn how to use it by practicing.

Need some practice or refreshers on how to use your beacon in an avalanche?  We put together an article on how to use a beacon, probe, and shovel for skiing in the backcountry.

Avalanche Beacon Price Comparison

  1. Pieps DSP Sport Avalanche Beacon – ($299.95)
  2. BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon – ($335)
  3. Mammut Barryvox Avalanche Beacon – ($349.95)
  4. BCA Tracker 3 Avalanche Beacon – ($335)
  5. Arva Evo 4 Beacon – ($259.99)
  6. Ortovox S1+ Beacon – ($489)

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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief. Mike spends most of his time splitboarding in the winter months and backpacking throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in the summer.

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