just thought I would post this up to get folks who ski in avi-prone areas to start thinking. I just bought a transceiver, shovel and probe. I am not a true BC skier (yet) but ski in more avi-prone areas like Jackson and chile. With several inbound avi's last year alone, I felt it's time to invest $500 for my life and others around me ( got the S1, shovel and Probe for $440.00). Of course, you need to have more than one in the group or its petty much useless except for when the patrollers arrive. The 3 antenna transceivers are now highly accurate and easy to use; although there is no substitute for professional training. I bought the Ortovox s1 at backcountry.com 30% off but there are others that can be had for reasonable costs. Just make sure you take the time to learn how to use them and about avi danger.
take a few and go this site www.beaconreviews.com to learn about them. Its a great site (there are others too) that have unbiased professional reviews and a lot of good info.
Training, one of the problems right now is the lack of training beacons, there aren't really any out there. I don't understand why this is the case. The only solution now is to buy or find some to use. I bought a used M2 beacon from Ortovox for $50.00. After I use it and become comfortable with locating single buried vitims, I will need more but the cost is going to become prohibitive. I will be willing to start a pool of these used models to offer up to anyone who wants to borrow it, just pay the shipping.
Just something to think about.