WINTER PARK, COLO…March 1, 2007 – Be prepared. Stay safe. Winter Park Resort’s new avalanche training area, Beacon Basin, is now open, making it easier for backcountry skiers and boarders to learn about using personal avalanche transmitters.
Located at the bottom of the Primrose Trail before Lunch Rock, Beacon Basin features eight buried transmitters, any number of which can be activated by the Winter Park Ski Patrol for training purposes. Beacon Basin challenges participants to isolate a signal with their beacon and locate the buried transmitter with the provided avalanche probe.
The training area is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free instruction is available daily between noon and 1:30 p.m. at the Mary Jane Patrol Headquarters, located at the top of the Super Gauge Express chairlift. Guests are welcome to practice rescue skills in Beacon Basin as often as they like.
“The course technology allows for a variety of combinations and unique experiences every time the course is used, so no two days will be alike,” said Geoff Anders, patrol director. “Beacon Basin is an excellent way to learn or master avalanche search and rescue skills in a safe and controlled environment.”
Take your learning to the next level
Colorado Mountain School will offer its Avalanche Awareness class March 9-11 at Winter Park Resort. Learn how to travel safely in and around avalanche terrain; gain insight into decision-making strategies; develop crucial planning and travel techniques; practice comprehensive rescue skills; and learn about the human factors involved in avalanches. This action-packed two and a half day course is a combination of classroom and field instruction. For more information and registration, call the Colorado Mountain School at (888) 267-7783 or (970) 586-5758 or visit www.totalclimbing.com.
For more information on Beacon Basin, contact Winter Park Resort Guest Services at (970) 726-1564.
Visit Winter Park Ski Resort’s web site for more information.