Skiing and snowboarding away from the secured slopes of the ski resort? Not without your avalanche transceiver, also called beacon! In case of an avalanche, this device really makes your chances of survival so much better. As of this, next to probe and shovel, the avalanche transceiver is a main component of your safety equipment. The brands Arva, BCA, Mammut, Ortovox and Pieps are specialized and offer reliable products which you can count on when in a critical situation. All of them help you locate people that have become buried by an avalanche. They differ in their handling and their additional functions. But don’t worry, they all use the same frequency of 457 kHz, making them all work together, no matter what brand.