Arapahoe Basin's 9th annual Beacon Bowl and Avalanche Awareness Day is Saturday, Feb. 5. This is an important event for backcountry skiers and riders. Festivities include a buried-beacon competition, raffle, silent auction including equipment and sporting-event tickets, live auction for a New Belgium cruiser bike, and a culminating après-ski after party with New Belgium beer, pizza and live music.

Beacon Bowl entrants compete in timed trials to search and dig out a buried beacon the fastest. Two categories separate professionals from recreationists. Spectators are able to test out the newest avalanche gear and attend clinics. The $25 entry fee includes competition entry, New Belgium beer, pizza and a raffle ticket. All proceeds go to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

"Supporting CAIC is really a no-brainer for us," A-Basin's Kimberly Trembearth told OnTheSnow. "Their information is a vital tool that we need and use every day. Our backcountry and side-country skiers count on the avalanche updates from CAIC."

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with competition launching at 10 a.m. Raffle tickets are available throughout the day, and the silent auction opens at 3 p.m. The après-ski party kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the A-Frame.

The raffle and silent auction will include Avalanche, Nuggets, and University of Colorado event tickets, Flylow gear, Ski Logic skis, a Chicago Ridge snowcat trip for two, a backcountry backpack complete with beacon, shovel, and probe, Spyder outerwear, and much more.

The flashy red bike with whitewall rims and New Belgium's iconic logo is nearly impossible to get a hold of. You either have to be a veteran New-Belgium employee or be present for the Beacon Bowl.

Support a good cause, become savvy with your avalanche awareness, and enjoy a great day of skiing Colorado's highest resort.

More Information:Beacon BowlColorado Avalanche Information Center.