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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area hosts Beacon Bowl to promote backcountry safety

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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.

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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.