12th Annual Beacon Bowl to take place at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
A-Basin’s event to benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center
ARAPAHOE BASIN, Colo. – Arapahoe Basin Ski Area (A-Basin) will host the 12th Annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC), a state-wide organization charged with forecasting backcountry avalanche and weather conditions, supporting CDOT in highway avalanche mitigation, and conducting community education programs.
“The CAIC does an extraordinary job, on a limited budget, of forecasting conditions for Colorado skiers and riders,” said Alan Henceroth, A-Basin’s Chief Operating Officer. “It’s our hope that the Beacon Bowl will raise some money to help them carry out their critical mission.”
Last season’s event at Arapahoe Basin raised over $10,000 for the CAIC; this season, A-Basin is hoping to raise even more money for the organization. Events of the day include an on-mountain beacon search competition, an avalanche dog demonstration, beacon clinics and an après party in the A-Frame base lodge with a raffle, silent auction and live auction.
During the Beacon Bowl competition, participants race on-mountain to find beacons buried in the snow, simulating an avalanche search and rescue. The contest is divided into two divisions – recreational and professional – and features prizes from Spyder. This year, pro ski patrollers in teams of two in the professional division have the chance to win the Beacon Bowl Cup.
“This is a great opportunity for us to showcase the skills that we practice on all season,” said Tony Cammarata, A-Basin’s Director of Ski Patrol and defending Beacon Bowl Champion in the professional division. “I think everybody has fun getting the competitive juices flowing and giving it their best shot at the hardware,” Cammarata said.
Registration and check-in begin at 8:00 a.m. in the A-Frame. The $25 Beacon Bowl registration fee includes entry to the competition, a raffle entry, a slice of pizza and a beer during the Après Ski Party. There is a discounted Beacon Bowl entry fee for professional ski patrollers. For more information on the event, including an itinerary for the day, click over to the A-Basin Beacon Bowl event page.
Open to both the public as well as Beacon Bowl competitors is the Après Ski Party, starting at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in the A-Frame lodge. The Après Ski Party includes a raffle, silent auction and live auction, all proceeds from which benefit the CAIC. Major sponsors include New Belgium, who will donate a cruiser bike for the live auction as well as libations for the après party, Ski Logik, Black Diamond/Pieps, BCA, Spyder, Ortovox, Wilderness Sports, the non-profit organization Friends of the CAIC, and more.
About the CAIC
The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is the nation’s oldest public avalanche forecast program, and supports nine offices across the state of Colorado. In addition to backcountry avalanche forecasting and education, the CAIC contracts with the Colorado Department of Transportation to provide snowpack conditions and avalanche forecasts for Colorado’s roadways.
About Arapahoe Basin Ski Area
Located high on the Continental Divide, Arapahoe Basin boasts the longest ski and ride season in Colorado, from mid-October through early June. A-Basin’s legendary Pallavicini and East Wall terrain offers some of the best extreme skiing in Colorado. Pika Place and Molly Hogan learning areas feature mellow terrain for first-time and younger skiers and riders. With fun events, ample sunshine and incredible late-season snow, the Basin is the place to be in the spring! Visit www.arapahoebasin.com for more information about our mountain, and elevate your ski and ride experience with us.