Beth Potter : BOULDER - Backcountry Access Inc. - the Boulder-based company that created a floatation airbag safety device to help people trapped in avalanches - has been acquired by Seattle-based K2 Sports.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The two companies are "a perfect match" for each other as K2 gets ready to introduce a new line of all terrain ski boots and splitboards to the backcountry market, Bruce Edgerly, co-founder of Backcountry Access, said in a press statement.

"We're completely stoked to be affiliated with K2, an icon of North American skiing and riding, with a huge legacy of pioneering innovative products and defining North American ski culture," Edgerly said.

The BCA brand will continue to thrive and the company's 34 people or so will remain in Boulder, Edgerly said. Once the sale is complete, Backcountry expects to focus on things like product development and marketing and to take advantage of K2's expertise in finance, accounting and logistics.

Backcountry Access was founded by Edgerly and Bruce "Bruno" McGowan in 1994. The company reported more than $7 million in sales in 2010 from a variety of avalanche-search tools. Its signature product is the Float 30 Avalanche Airbag, a backpacklike device designed to help avalanche victims stay near the top of a snow slide, where they potentially can be extracted by rescuers more quickly.

K2 Sports is held by Jarden Corp. (NYSE: JAH).