Do you really need a beacon for the Dive (do they check you)? kinda sux that the best area on the hill is roped off.... Saying that I'll probably be buying one next year for going back country.
Yep. There is a gate that can only be opened by the signal from a beacon. Its a great idea as the conditions can be tricky in there especially when the viz is bad so it keeps out the punters. You can hire abeacon in Banff. Well worth the $25 if there is pow!
So many runs so little time.