Arapahoe Basin Beacon Bowl raises record funds for avalanche center |

Arapahoe Basin Beacon Bowl raises record funds for avalanche center

Jerry Tofferi gets a congratulatory high-five after digging up his second target pack in the finals of the Beacon Bowl competition last weekend at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. Tofferi and his Breckenridge Ski Patrol partner Kyle Ahern won the professional division of the competition.
David Gidley / Special to the Daily |

The 13th annual Beacon Bowl avalanche safety clinic and search and rescue competition took place at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area last Saturday, Feb. 7, raising more than $13,500 for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. As part of the event, A-Basin hosted on-mountain avalanche safety demonstrations at the base of the Lenawee Mountain Lift in the morning. Avalanche safety beacon reps were on hand showing off the latest advances in beacon technology — the devices used to find a person buried in an avalanche — in a beacon training area.

Preliminary qualifiers for the recreational and professional divisions of the beacon search competition began in the late morning. Organizers added a junior competition this year.

For the competition, participants skied into an unknown competition area and used their beacons and probes to find a buried target pack within a minimal time frame.

The finals took place in the afternoon. The professional division finals involved digging up two different packs, and for the second consecutive year teams were allowed to combine their best two scores as they vied for A-Basin’s Beacon Bowl Cup. Kyle Ahern and Jerry Tofferi, representing Breckenridge Ski Patrol, won the pro division and got to take the cup back to their home mountain for the next year.

A raffle, silent auction and live auction were held in the A-frame Lodge after last chair. This year’s money total was the most raised in the history of the event, which is one of CAIC’s biggest annual fundraisers.

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