THE ALPRIDE SYSTEM CAME INTO FRUITION WHEN THREE MOTIVATED, MOUNTAIN-LOVING ENTREPRENEURS TEAMED UP AND FOUNDED THE COMPANY IN 2009.
ALPRIDE’S HISTORY: 3 ENTREPRENEUR’S – ONE GREAT IDEA
Winter 2008: After three days and just as many 4,000m summits around the mythic Concordia Platz set in the Swiss Bernese Oberland. Marc-Antoine Schaer came to the realization that the existing Avalanche Airbags on the market were much too heavy and therefore very limiting.
It was at this moment that his goal quickly became clear: “We should be able to build something lighter, cheaper and more user-friendly. If we manage to achieve this, more people will get the equipment and thanks to the accessibility of this new product, more lives will be saved!”
And so the Alpride adventure began…
Three entrepreneurs hit the ground running on the Alpride project. Their workshop, located in a small attic in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, becomes the theatre for many fears, frustrations, and ultimately joys, when a solution finally emerges.
While there is still much to be done, for the first time, the team of 3 is able to see a light at the end of the tunnel, reassuring that all their efforts and financial risk have not been for nothing. The Alpride system will provide the public with a product that is not only much lighter and more reliable, but also more affordable.
THE MOUNTAIN SAFETY VEST
Alpride successfully transformed the same technology found in inflatable life vest, a system that has proven its efficiency for more than 50 years, into an avalanche airbag.