Thanks, I have been able to find sources from the UK, but not in the USA. In general I find it faster to order stuff from the US.
Recco is very widely used in Europe, which is where I ski at the moment. Loot at http://www.recco.com
and click on “Ski Areas”, then “list of all ski areas”. The ski areas in Europe are very different to the USA, with avalanches a far more common occurrence than in the USA.
In Europe there is no such thing as “in” or “out” of bounds, but if I were skiing a long way away from the pistes then I would carry an avalanche beacon. However this would be an overkill for where I ski. The beauty of the Recco system is how inexpensive the “tags” are. These tags are being incorporated into clothing and equipment, and people like myself are also attaching the tags to their boots. The result is that skiers who would not normally have any form of protection at all do now at least have some. I feel it’s the appropriate level for what I do and where I go.
I read the Crested story some time ago and find it absurd (though note they also use the system). If avalanche rescue is some kind of fashion show to the writer then I’m seriously in the wrong game! In the unlikely event I’m lying under 100 T of snow and ice I’d rather not rely on someone managing to find me solely by trying to aim an avalanche probe up my date! These tags cost something like 20 bucks; $20 for at least some chance of being pulled out while still alive.