For over 30 years, Arva has focused on designing and developing avalanche transceivers and safety equipment to make avalanche searches simple and easy.

Leave it to a world collegiate ski champion to make a sometimes dangerous sport a little safer. That’s exactly what Nicole Giraudon did when she launched Arva. Her company entered the snow safety equipment scene in 1984 with the introduction of an avalanche transceiver. The goal? To quickly locate skiers trapped in an avalanche without waiting for ski patrol or search and rescue to arrive.

That was just one of many revolutionary, reliable products that Arva created. The French brand does extensive research and works with rescue teams from around the world to develop its product line, which now includes a full suite of potentially life-saving tools: backpacks, beacons, shovels, probes and avalanche airbags. While smaller objects sink in an avalanche, larger objects naturally rise to the snow’s surface—a phenomenon known as reverse segregation. So if a person can make themselves larger by pulling a cord that inflates a backpack airbag they have a better chance of survival. And Arva’s avalanche airbag, the Reactor, is equipped with the lightest dual airbag on the market.

With the rising popularity of freeriding and ski touring, Arva is poised for even more success. Though the company is now run by Giraudon’s son, safety is still at the forefront of every design. Shop our selection of Arva snow safety equipment before going off piste. Every backcountry boarder or skier should carry a shovel and probe, wear a digital transceiver and an avalanche airbag.

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