National Safety Awareness Week is in full swing at Colorado’s ski resorts. Here are the highlights at Vail Resorts (Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone) and Aspen Snowmass (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass):
11 a.m., Free Adult Ski Tips: Intermediate and advanced skiers depart Mid-Vail Monday.
Daily, January 17-21, and every Saturday for the remainder of the season, Sweep with Vail Ski Patrol: Join the Vail Ski Patrol with closing the mountain at the end of the day. To sign up call 970-754-4610 or stop by Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) for more information.
2- 3 p.m., Lions Way at Mid-Vail, Catwalk Awareness Training: Educating Vail guests as to how far they travel in one second on catwalks on Vail Mountain.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Mustard and Ketchup Safety Quiz: Complimentary cookies with Yellow Jackets and Patrol with a completed Safety Card at PHQ. For additional events and activities at Vail Mountain check with Vail Ski Patrol or Yellow Jacket personnel about daily activities or call 970-754-4610 for more information.
1 p.m., Ski with a Ranger:Beaver Creek’s Ski with a Ranger program offers a closer look at the flora, fauna and Rocky Mountain landscape with a 45-minute tour provided by a U.S. Forest Service representative. For Safety Week the tour will also include skier and snowboarder responsibilities on public land. Tour meets at Patrol Headquarters at the top of Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8) and a valid lift ticket is required.
10 a.m., Know the Code Scavenger Hunt:Every mountain user is expected to know the seven points of Your Responsibility Code. The “Know the Code” Scavenger Hunt is aimed at kids who are intermediate to advanced level skiers or snowboarders. The Scavenger Hunt will provide a tour of the mountain while talking about Your Responsibility Code and Smart Style.
For more information about Beaver Creek’s Safety Week activities call CJ Rusin, Mountain Safety Attendant Supervisor, CRusin@vailresorts.com or 970-754-6656, Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at 970-754-6610 or visit www.beavercreek.com/safety.
10a.m. to noon:Ski safely through the Springmeier or Bonanza slow zones and share three Skier Responsibility Code points with Mountain Safety to be entered in a raffle.
Noon, Avalauncher “Tour” and Firing Demonstration: Peak 7 avalauncher, located on skiers left of the run Lower Forget Me Not and easily accessed via the Independence Chair.
1p.m., Avalanche Dog Demo: At the top of the Colorado, followed by the Beacon Demo and Avalanche Awareness at the same location.
Tuesday, Jan. 18 through Friday, Jan. 21:There will be an open house at all Patrol huts throughout the week, where guests can come in and meet members of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, do trail checks with patrollers and accompany patrol on end of the day sweeps. Patrol huts are located on the bottom floor of the Vista Haus, and at the tops of the Independence, Mercury and Falcon chairlifts. In addition, if guests get “caught” skiing safely by Patrol or Mountain Safety during the week, they will become eligible for additional prizes. Terrain Park staff will also be available at every terrain park to talk to guests about how to be safe in the parks. For more information about this event visit www.breckenridge.com or call 970-547-4321.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Photo with Avalanche Dog, Dercum Mountain Summit Area: Get a free photo (limit 1) with your favorite Keystone Avalanche dog. Photo will be available for immediate pick-up.
January 17, 19 and 21
Check Your Speed: It could be any trail at any time! Throughout the week at various locations a Summit County Sheriff will be on hill with a radar gun. If you see him or her ask to have your normal skiing speed checked.
11 a.m. 2 p.m., Ski Patrol Expo, Dercum Mountain Summit Area: Get a behind the scenes look at the tools and equipment Ski Patrol uses on a daily basis to care for the sick and injured, perform a lift evacuation or assess avalanche risk. The skiing public is encouraged to be hands on with this event. Touch, see, do… Win a Keystone Ski Patrol Hat by showing your knowledge and skills.
Aspen/Snowmass will host on-mountain demos, the annual Kids Poster Contest at Buttermilk and will be handing out avalanche dog trading cards to spread safe skiing and riding messages.The avalanche dog trading cards will return this year during Safety Week. Patrollers will be handing out these cards throughout the week. There will also be an online component to this year’s Safety Week at www.aspensnowmass.com/safetygame.
Snowmass will host a variety of events throughout the week including free binding checks and helmet demos; a safety tent located at the top of Elk Camp Gondola; photos with the Patrol Dogs; Beacon Park on Fanny Hill and a Park and Pipe Meet-and-Greet at Little Makaha.
Guests are invited to be rescued by an Aspen Mountain Patrol Dog every day at 10 a.m. at the Patrol Headquarters. Other Aspen Mountain activities include a daily safety poster contest and Recco demo.
Patrol dog trading cards will be available at Patrol Headquarters throughout Safety Week and guests can receive Hershey’s Kisses at all lifts throughout the week by answering safety questions correctly. Beacon demonstrations or Patrol dog rescue drills will occur Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. outside of the Merry-Go-Round.
The highlight of Safety Week at Buttermilk is a Safety Poster contest on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at noon in Bumps, where kids are encouraged to design a poster demonstrating safe skiing and riding. Other activities include helmet checks at the base of the mountain and Safety S’mores at the base area from 2-4 p.m. daily.
For a complete schedule of daily events at each mountain visit: www.aspensnowmass.com/now.