When minutes matter, knowing how to properly use your safety equipment could save someone’s life and is the driving force behind Routt County Search & Rescue’s Beacon Training Park at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
In an effort to educate recreationalist and provide a safe and accessible venue for practicing backcountry avalanche skills, Routt County Search & Rescue has invested in a BCA Beacon Training Park System and has partnered with the City of Steamboat Springs to create the Beacon Training Park at the base of Howelsen Hill Ski Area.
Six waterproof transmit boxes are buried throughout the area and can be easily activated via a control panel attached at the custom Beacon Basin sign.
For those who are new to beacon searches, the park signage includes general avalanche information, details on search techniques and links to online training resources.
The Beacon Park is located near the base of the Barrows chairlift. While snow depths vary, the sloped and wooded terrain provides a realistic scenario of what a true avalanche debris field may look like.