Beacon and Eggs: Snowbird Hunts for Avalanche Skills


March 15, 2007
SNOWBIRD, UTAH - (News Release) - In its continuing effort to promote avalanche awareness, Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue are offering a third annual avalanche beacon hunt for people of all ages, Saturday, March 31. A championship round of Beacon and Eggs will take place Saturday, April 7, at Snowbird.

"We hope to help the community enjoy Utah's big mountain terrain safely by offering engaging and fun activities that encourage backcountry awareness and education," states Beacon and Eggs organizer Roger Kehr.

Multiple avalanche beacons will be buried in a one-acre area at Snowbird. Tracker beacons are wrapped in a protective pad to simulate the feel of a buried victim and placed below the snow surface. After the beacons are placed below the snow surface, a snowcat will groom the entire area to hide any tracks.

Searchers will proceed to the buried transceivers using their beacons in "search" mode. Groups can work together, sharing the prizes for recovering the beacon.

Following the hunt, prizes will be given to those who located the beacons. Backcountry Access, Black Diamond, Snowbird and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue are sponsoring Beacon and Eggs and donating the prizes.

The March 31 event is free and open to all people with a beacon, probe and shovel who want to test their skills at finding a buried companion if involved in an avalanche. Other resorts around the country offering similar Beacon and Eggs contests include Alpine Meadows, Calif., and The Canyons on March 17, Solitude, March 31 and Big Sky, Mont., April 1. Winners of the other preliminary competitions will join the Snowbird winners for a Beacon and Eggs transceiver championship Saturday, April 7, at Snowbird. Organizers are inviting additional resorts to participate in the unique program designed to encourage the use of and practice with avalanche transceivers.

All participants in the Saturday, March 31, competition are required to fill out an entry form between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. The hunt starts at 8:15 a.m. and will take place near the Snowbird Tubing Hill. Take Little Cottonwood Road to Snowbird Entry 4.