Be safe with that new equipment |

Be safe with that new equipment

Ric ThompsonMountain Safety SupervisorBreckenridge Ski Resort

Happy Holidays! I hope you found that new pair of boards or boots under the tree. Whatever the gift for the slopes, the new technology probably works a little different than older equipment. It’s possible that your new gear is better prepared for the slopes than you.New equipment can create a new experience in the way your muscles and nerves respond. While riding your new equipment be prepared for a significant change from your old gear. Faster and more responsive equipment all leads to a better experience; however, take some time to familiarize with your new equipment. During the holiday season keep in mind that many others may also be using new equipment as well. Our focus can become centered on the equipment more than what is happening around us. To stay safe, increase the separation between you and other guests and allow yourself more reaction time to avoid someone falling or turning in front of you. The busy holiday season brings out increased crowds on the slopes. Please slow your speed when passing others on the slope. Make sure that when you stop to visit with friends or take a rest break on a run that you move off to the side of the trail in clear view of uphill traffic. Please don’t stop and sit down in the middle of a busy trail. Move well clear of the lift unload areas before stepping into your board or adjusting your boots. Let’s make this holiday season a memorable and exciting time for everyone, a vacation that is so fantastic that it will bring people back to our wonderful home for many years to come. Explore the mountains and our slopes in the safest ways possible and everyone will remember a truly great Rocky Mountain experience.

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