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Breck issues after-hours rules for mountain users

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BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Ski Resort is reminding after-hours mountain users to practice safety and caution.

“With the number of ski area after hours users on the rise, it becomes increasingly important that we keep hammering the safety message home,” said Bob Tierney, Breckenridge ski patroller and avalanche technician.

“By respecting nature, and taking a cautious approach to any mountain use, people can certainly avoid many of the hazards inherent on a ski mountain as operations increase for the season.”

The resort issued the following guidelines:

n Access the mountain in a safe and respectful manner; obey all closures and postings.

n Complete all early morning hiking, skiing and riding by 8:15 a.m.

n Those users skinning up during hours of operation should stay to the far right of the trail.

n During the hours of darkness please wear a headlamp and reflective clothing.

n It is each mountain user’s responsibility to make sure he or she is visible to mountain operations crews, including grooming equipment, snowmobile and snowmaking operators; machinery has the right of way.

n Snowcat winching operations can be in progress after hours and can be extremely dangerous for mountain users. Stay clear of winch cat operations entirely.

n Hike and ski/ride only on open trails; observe all closures before, during and after operating hours; closed means closed.

n Early morning and early season mountain access is limited to green (easiest) and blue (more difficult) trails. Access is prohibited on all black and double black trials.

n Dogs are allowed on the mountain before 8:15 a.m. and after 4 p.m. provided they are on a leash or under voice command at all times, and provided owners clean up any and all waste; no dogs on the mountain during operating hours.

n If you witness or are involved in an avalanche, contact Breckenridge Ski Patrol (970-496-7394 or 970-496-7294) or the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (970-668-0600) as soon as possible.

The Breckenridge Ski Resort operates under a special use permit from the forest service, giving the ski area the right to deny access to anyone at anytime.

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