Arapahoe Basin avalanche awareness day this Saturday

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 3, 2010 2:46 pm

                                                        Arapahoe Basin Beacon Bowl & Avalanche Awareness Day

Arapahoe Basin, CO –  January 15, 2010   Arapahoe Basin will be hosting its eighth annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day Saturday, February 6, 2010.  The event will benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.

The Beacon Bowl is an event developed by A-Basin’s ski patrol to teach and test skills for the backcountry.  Patrol will start the day at 10:00 a.m. with the Beacon Bowl competition.  This event is an avalanche transceiver competition for recreational and professional levels.

Free beacon clinics with A-Basin Ski Patrol and Back Country Access will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. An avalanche dog and snow pit demonstration by the A-Basin ski patrol will take place at 1:00 p.m. The clinics and demonstrations will take place on mountain at the base of the Lenawee Mountain lift.  A telemark clinic will also be held for all abilities from 9:55 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 1:15 – 3:30 for $55.

Registration will take place in the A-Frame beginning at 8:00 a.m.   A $20 registration fee for the Beacon Bowl will be donated to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and will include a raffle ticket, a beverage and a slice of pizza at the après ski party.

Incredible prizes will be awarded to the top finishers of the Beacon Bowl. A raffle, silent and live auction will be held for lift tickets, ski passes, an A-Basin avalanche school registration, a Chicago Ridge cat tour, gear from Hestra, NTN and Flylow, Avalanche tickets, concert tickets, a New Belgium cruiser bike and more to benefit the CAIC.

An après ski party and the live auction will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the A-Frame sponsored by New Belgium Brewery.   Pizza and beer sales will also be donated to the CAIC.

Registration will be at A-Basin on the day of the event.  For additional information please contact A-Basin at 888-ARAPAHOE or visit

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

The purpose of the CAIC is to minimize the economic and human impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, commerce, industry and the citizens of Colorado. Since 1950 avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard, and in the United States, Colorado accounts for one-third of all avalanche deaths. With a staff of 15 avalanche professionals, they achieve their purpose through a dual mission of forecasting and public education.