Beacon Bowl benefits CAIC |

Beacon Bowl benefits CAIC

Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk A-Basin patrolman Dave Meyer hones in on a buried transiever Saturday morning during the Beacon Bowl challenge, while fellow patrolman Tony Cammarata times him during the exercise. Participants had to ski a couple hundred yards, grab a probe pole, kick off their skis, then locate the transiever using an avalanche beacon, then hit the mark with their probe poll. Meyer, an 18-year volunteer patrolman and now a staff employee, hit his mark in 1:34.

ARAPAHOE BASIN – Nearly 100 people turned out to participate in or watch the third annual Beacon Bowl Saturday at A-Basin.

Activities such as beacon searches and mock rescue techniques took place at the base of the Lenawee Lift.

Proceeds from the avalanche awareness demonstrations benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). The event raised $1,248.

“Education is the name of the game,” said Brad Sawtell, CAIC forecaster. “People are easily lured into the backcountry because they want to put their signature on a glade of pristine snow, but the user needs to be educated.”

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