JIC you haven't heard about all the skiers killed in the avalanche yesterday...
In one avalanche, 12 backcountry skiers from 3 groups were involved in the avalanche at some point. One group of 4 were carried over 1,500' down a chute where 3 of them died, but the 4th was wearing an airbag pack, deployed it and survived. In a separate avalanche in the same area of Washington state, a second avalanche killed a snowboarder the same day.
At any rate, this event is a pretty good case for these new airbag packs. Just doing a little googling and it looks like the going price is running about $500 to $1000 depending on model. I also noticed that a number of online outlets show these packs as "not currently available" or "on backorder", etc. I don't know if that means production/distribution is slow or if the demand is just that high. Given the popularity of backcountry skiing, it wouldn't surprise me if the demand is just overwhelming the production resources as this new device is entering the market. I expect yesterday's incident will only fuel the sales even higher.
I'm kinda curious about the proliferation of these packs into Alaska. So, who's using them or saving up their pocket change to get one? What makes/models do you have or are looking at buying?