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The Vail Pass winter recreation area received a pair of beacon checkpoints this week thanks to the efforts of local gear manufacturer Weston, in collaboration with Backcountry Access, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center and the National Forest Foundation.
Sean Eno with Weston said the checkpoint station will be similar to the one atop Teton Pass in Wyoming, a backcountry area which, like Vail Pass, sees lots of traffic in the winter.
In Colorado, beacon checkpoints are often found at sidecountry access points, where they can be managed by a resort that operates in the nearby National Forest.
Eno said the backcountry community is expanding in Colorado, and the presence of beacon checkpoints serves as a reminder to all that a properly working beacon is always recommended in the backcountry. Eno says as a manufacturer of equipment that gets people into the backcountry, Weston feels a duty to try to forward that message.
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