Beacon Training Parks

Beacon Training Parks

One of the most-valuable components to avalanche rescue, is to be fluent and well-practiced with your avalanche tranceiver.

In the last few years, many mountain communities have begun to create beacon training parks. These are designated areas with beacons (set to ‘Transmit’ mode) buried permanently in the snow. Scroll down the list below to see if you have a training park in your area.

Don’t have a beacon training park in your area? That’s ok!

We encourage regular beacon practice, which can be done with friends at a local park. Start by having one person bury one or several beacons in backpacks (set to ‘Transmit’ mode) in the snow, while “searchers” turn their backs. The “searchers” then put their beacons in “Search” mode, and practice following the signals on their beacon, to locating the buried beacon(s). A snow-covered hillside is also a great place to do this, as the more “mountain-simulation” the terrain is, the closer it gets to a real avalanche search and rescue scenario.

Here are a couple of videos to give you some basic introductory information on using your beacon.

Grand Targhee Beacon Training Park

3300 East Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY 83414

Powder Horn Beacon Training Park

48338 Powderhorn Rd
Mesa, CO 81643

Steamboat Resort Beacon Training Park

1847 Ski Time Square Dr
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

West Yellowstone Beacon Training Park

Old Airport Rd. And Iris St.
West Yellowstone, MT 59758

Alpental Beacon Park

1001 WA-906
Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068

Alpine Safety Awareness Program Beacon Training Park

615 12th St
Bellingham, WA 98225

Aspen Highlands Beacon Training Park

199 Prospector Rd
Aspen, CO 81611

Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol

601 E Dean St.
Aspen, CO 81611

Telluride Beacon Training Park

565 Mountain Village Blvd
Telluride, CO 81435

Bogus Basin Beacon Training Park

2600 N Bogus Basin Road
Boise, ID 83702

Beaver Creek Beacon Bowl Training Park

Ski Patrol HQ (Top of Cinch Express Lift)
Avon, CO 81620

Silverton Avalanche School Beacon Training Park

6226 State Hwy 110
Silverton, CO 81433

Vail Beacon Basin Training Park

Vail Mountain Resort
Vail, CO 81657

Purgatory Resort

#1 Skier Place
Durango, CO 81301

Big Sky Resort Beacon Training Park

66 Mountain Loop Rd
Big Sky, MT 56716

Frisco Adventure Park

621 Recreation Way
FriscoCO 80443

Breckenridge Beacon Training Park

1599 County Rd 3
Breckenridge, CO 80424

Arapahoe Basin Beacon Training Park

28194 US-6
Keystone, CO 80435

Winter Park Beacon Training Park

100 Winter Park Dr
Winter Park, CO 80482

Loveland Basin Beacon Training Park

Exit 216 Interstate 70
Georgetown, CO 80444

Bozeman Beacon Training Park

Beall Park
Bozeman, MT 59717

Bridger Bowl Beacon Training Park

15795 Bridger Canyon Road
Bozeman, MT 56715

Wolf Creek Beacon Training Park

US-160 (Wolf Creek Pass)
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147

Brundage Mountain Snowcat Tours Beacon Training Park

3890 Goose Lake Road
Mccall, ID 83638

Monarch Mountain Beacon Training Park

23715 US-50
Monarch, CO 81277

Mammoth Beacon Training Park

10001 Minaret Rd
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

Mt. Basker Beacon Training Park

Marblemount, WA 98672

The Mazamas Beacon Training Park

30500 W Leg Rd
Government Camp, OR 97028

Mt. Bachelor Beacon Training Park

13000 Century Drive
Bend, OR 97702

Heavenly Beacon Training Park

4080 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Squaw Valley Beacon Training Park

1960 Squaw Valley Rd
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Ski Patrol1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, CA 95646

White Pass Beacon Training Park

48935 US-12
Naches, WA 98937

Revelstoke Beacon Training Park

2950 Camozzi Rd
Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S1

Whitefish Beacon Training Park

3808 Big Mountain Rd
Whitefish, MT 59937

Mt. Shasta Beacon Training Park

4500 Ski Park Hwy
Mccloud, CA 96057

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