This Saturday, Arapahoe Basin will host the 8th Annual Beacon Bowl, which takes place at A-Basin's avalanche beacon park at the base of Lenawee lift. Contests are held to see who can find a buried beacon fastest. Professional instruction will be available in how to use a use a transceiver, how to probe for a buried victim, and more. Attendees will have an opportunity to test out the latest avalanche rescue gear.
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The event is held in conjunction with the Arapahoe Basin Ski Patrol and Backcountry Access. The ski patrol will start the day with a professional division competition, followed by the recreational competition. There will also be an avalanche rescue dog demonstration.
The event takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Cost is $20, and all proceeds go to benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. A silent auction will start at 3:00 p.m., and an aprés ski party with live auction will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the A Frame. New Belgium will be selling beer, and pizza will be sold as well; all participants get one slice of pizza with their registration. Auction prizes include 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, and a New Belgium cruiser bike.