Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture

Beacon and Eggs Search Contest at Alpine Meadows April 5

Posted on April 3, 2015
Filed Under North Tahoe Events

Meet Walter and Clancy, the Alpine Meadows dutiful patrol dogs at the annual Beacon and Eggs beacon search contest.

The combination Easter egg hunt and avalanche beacon search practice session is organized by Alpine’s ski patrol and takes place on Easter Sunday, April 5th.

This fun and free* event raises avalanche awareness and the cute factor, and is a great opportunity to practice search and rescue techniques.

Avalanche beacons are buried in a one-acre area at Alpine Meadows and competitors proceed to the buried treasure using their beacons in “search” mode. Competitors work individually or in teams (up to four people) to recover the beacons.  Competitors redeem a found beacon for incredible prizes.

“This is a great opportunity for skiers and riders to practice their search and rescue technique and win great prizes while doing it” said Ken Bokeland of Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol.  “It’s a fun event that really helps people to hone some important skills.”

Free registration is at the Beacon & Eggs tent near the top of Subway Chair Lift (next to the base lodge) from 9 – 11 a.m.  The Le Mans-style start is at noon near the top of the Subway beginner lift, adjacent to the base lodge. Competitors must provide their own beacons, probes, and shovels.  For additional information and details, call the Alpine Meadows patrol office at 530.583.4232 or visit

* Event is free with a season pass or purchase of a lift ticket.

Guests will have the chance to comb the mountain for hundreds of Easter eggs. Arrive early, as this all-day hunt will commence when the lifts start moving at 9 am.

Children’s Easter Egg Hunts:

  • Children 7 and under are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at the Kids Camp Magic Carpet.
  • Children 8 – 13 are invited to join the Easter Egg Hunt taking place at the Magic Carpet located off of Subway Chair.
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