An event backcountry skiers and riders should not miss with lots of fun and information all in support of a very worthy cause. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center benefit is an avalanche transceiver competition in which contestants race the clock in a search for buried beacons. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and features free clinics with A-Basin Ski Patrol and Backcountry Access (BCA) until noon, followed by avalanche dog and snow pit demonstrations at the base of the Lenawee Mountain lift at 1 p.m. Telemark instruction also is offered at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. for $55.
Registration for Beacon Bowl competition includes a raffle ticket, a beverage and a slice of pizza at the après-ski party (3:30 p.m.) with a $15 donation to the CAIC. Register at A-Basin on the day of the event. Beacon Bowl entrants compete in timed trials to find a buried beacon the fastest. Spectators are able to test out the newest avalanche gear and attend clinics. All proceeds go to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Time: 8am-10am registration, first floor A-Frame; 10am-12pm registration on-hill.
Après ski on the first floor of the A-Frame begins at 3:30pm with beer and pizza available. Silent Auction begins at 3pm. Raffle tickets can be purchased throughout the day from our sellers. Raffle items include – Shovels and Probes, Marmot backpacks, gloves, beacon, restaurant certificates, Smartwool socks; Silent Auction items include – Beacon, Shovel/Probe combos, Bindings, Icelandic Skis, clothes, backpacks and much more.
Colorado Avalanche Information Center – CAIC- is a cash-funded program of the Colorado Geological Survey . Funding comes from donations, contributions, and the Severance Tax fund. The CAIC has 4 offices that issue backcountry avalanche forecasts. The main office is in Boulder, co-located with the National Weather Service. Field offices are located in Breckenridge, Aspen, and the Northern San Juan. Staff at CAIC-Boulder forecast the weather and avalanche conditions for all zones. Field office forecasters concentrate on the snowpack and avalanche conditions within their zones. For more information visit CAIC.