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Steamboat ski patroller Deb Holloway, right, helps Marie Starling try on an official Ski Patrol logo hat Monday. The Steamboat Ski Area recently opened Beacon Basin, a training area for users of avalanche transceivers at the top of the Pony Express chairlift. The Ski Patrol is raising funds for its backcountry safety programs.

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Beacon Basin to boost avalanche safety

Steamboat Ski Patrol develops avalanche transceiver course

Beacon Basin is a new feature at the Steamboat Ski Area that allows skiers and riders headed for the backcountry to brush up on emergency skills that could save a companion's life.

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