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AvaTech Earns Best of What’s New 2014 Award by Popular Science

-SP1 and AvaNet awarded for breakthrough technology and data platform-

November 12, 2014 (Park City, UT):AvaTech, a new technology company focused on developing breakthrough, proactive snow safety solutions earned the Best of What’s New 2014 award by Popular Science for its SP1 and AvaNet data platform products. AvaTech’s SP1 and AvaNet debuted in September at the International Snow Science Workshop in Banff, Canada.

“We are honored to receive a Best of What’s New 2014 award by Popular Science editors for our SP1 and AvaNet technology,” states Thomas Laakso, AvaTech brand president. “Accolades like these convey our team’s ability to understand demand and build relevant, thoughtfully-designed products which ultimately have a positive impact on our mountain community.”

The SP1 is a high precision, portable, lightweight, and web-connected device that measures snow structure and other critical snowpack information; AvaNet, is a proprietary global snowpack data platform that crowd sources critical information about the snowpack, including the SP1 data. Both are designed to help snow professionals analyze the snowpack quickly, more objectively and provide a global platform to share snowpack information with the broader mountain community.

Founded in 1872, Popular Science is the world’s largest science and technology magazine; with a circulation of 1.3 million and 6.8 million monthly readers. Each year, the editor’s of Popular Science review thousands of products and find the top 100 tech innovations of the year. The products and technologies chosen for the Best of What’s New represent a noteworthy breakthrough and a significant leap in their respective categories.

“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us – those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” explains Cliff Ransom, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners – chosen from among thousands of entrants – each a revolution in it’s field.”

Earlier this month, also recognized AvaTech’s SP1 with its 2014 Gear of the Year award.

AvaTech’s 2014-15 SP1 and AvaNet products will be available for snow professionals and students of avalanche courses this winter.

AvaTech is a builder of proactive systems that analyze the snowpack and facilitate real-time sharing of the information in order for individuals and groups to make better decisions in the backcountry. For more information on AvaTech, visit