Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in Colorado held its 12th-Annual Beacon Bowl on Saturday. The event highlighted backcountry safety through a competition to discover packs with avalanche beacons that had been buried under the snow. An avalanche-dog demonstration and an auction to benefit the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) were also included in the day's activities.
Dominic Vellone of Arapahoe Basin won the professional patrol division by uncovering two packs in a time of 4:10. Fellow Arapahoe Basin patrollers, Ryan Evanczyk (4:59) and Jeremy Dobish (8:14) finished in second and third, respectively. In the inaugural Beacon Bowl Cup, the two-person team of Evanczyk and Ryan Zarter of Arapahoe Basin earned the fastest combined prelim time of 2:34. Patrol teams from Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Resort also competed.
In the recreational division that required uncovering one pack, David Gidley won with a time of 2:23. Cheyen Wills (2:49) was second.
The competition was held in snowy conditions as Colorado continued to receive bountiful amounts of snow. Arapahoe Basin received 7 inches of new snow overnight and 6 more inches during the day on Saturday.