Buhler & Campbell: Safety on the slopes | SummitDaily.com

Buhler & Campbell: Safety on the slopes

John BuhlerVP & GM, Keystone ResortPat CampbellSVP & COO, Breckenridge Ski Resort

With the arrival of the holiday season, and as we get further into the 2012-2013 ski and snowboard season, we would like to address an important issue for all of us at Breckenridge, Keystone and all of Vail Resorts – slope safety. Across our resorts, we want to encourage locals, destination guests and employees alike to ski and snowboard responsibly so that everyone can play on the mountain all season long. While everyone is ultimately responsible for their own behavior on the slopes, we can absolutely do our part in encouraging and enforcing responsible behavior and are committed to doing that with the on mountain presence of our mountain safety and ski patrol staff.Additionally, we’d like to remind everyone that the Colorado Ski Safety Act states that “no skier involved in a collision with another skier or person in which an injury results shall leave the vicinity of the collision before giving his or her name and current address to an employee of the ski area operator or a member of the ski patrol, except for the purpose of securing aid for a person injured in the collision.” Skiing and riding is like driving – you must always ski or ride within your ability level, check your speed and give yourself enough space and time to stop depending on the conditions.We’re all in this together and while everyone is ultimately responsible for their actions, we feel it is our responsibility to help facilitate a safer environment for skiing and snowboarding and to continue educating both our guests and employees about slope safety. We ask you to help by reporting and assisting when you see irresponsible behavior at Keystone and Breckenridge and our other mountain resorts. On the management and enforcement side, we do not tolerate reckless skiing and snowboarding by guests and employees and will take appropriate measures in dealing with each instance on a case-by-case basis. Consequences will vary and may include suspension or revocation of pass privileges and involvement of law enforcement where applicable. We’re looking forward to many fun-filled days of skiing and snowboarding this season through April 14. Let’s all be safe and enjoy the great snow and the mountains.

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