Copper Mountain Resort urges safety first at annual Safety Fest |

Copper Mountain Resort urges safety first at annual Safety Fest

Jessica Smith
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Copper Mountain Resort is celebrating National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) Safety Week with Safety Fest, starting Saturday and running until Monday. NSAA aims to educate skiers and snowboarders across the U.S. about safety on the slopes.

“A goal of Safety Fest is not only to highlight what is done across the mountain all season long but to also educate the public on how to have a great overall experience on the hill at Copper Mountain,” said Shauna Bocksch, Copper Mountain Safety Patrol Foreman.

“The goal of Safety Fest is for guests, employees and all those who enjoy Copper Mountain to understand all aspects of mountain safety – Skier Responsibility Code, avalanche safety, helmet usage, etc., while having fun!” Stephanie Sweeney, public relations with Copper, stated in an email. “Also for those working on the mountain, it helps re-emphasize the importance of educating guests on the various safety measures.”

Information and safety demonstrations will be at held on the Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village, which has been renamed Safety Fest Village for the weekend. National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Rescue Group, Woodward at Copper and more will be on hand to provide information concerning backcountry awareness, national forest access and Copper Mountain safety initiatives.

Daily avalanche dog demonstrations will take place in Burning Stones Plaza at 10 a.m. and noon. A Flight for Life helicopter will land at patrol headquarters, located above Excelerator Lift, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. A snowcat will be parked in Center Village near the base of the American Eagle Lift to promote slope maintenance safety. Guests will be allowed to get inside and take a look around and employees will be on hand to answer any questions. For beginners who need practice getting comfortable with the chairlift, a chair will be installed at West Village and remain there for the rest of the season. More than $10,000 worth of prizes will be raffled off throughout the weekend.

Copper Mountain’s safety campaigns, each with a hip, tongue-in-cheek title, have won awards from the NSAA for “Best Overall” in the 2010/2011 season and “Most Creative” in the 2011/2012 season. This year, the new campaign is called “Protect Your Grill, Look Uphill” to focus on collision prevention awareness.

Sweeney offered some tips for skiers and snowboarders to stay safe: “Stay hydrated, ski or ride with others and dress for the weather are just a few tips to stay safe while on the hill. Skiers and snowboarders should know and adhere to the Skier Responsibility Code.”

The second annual WinterBike event will take place Saturday at 6 p.m. in Center Village. Mountain bikers race around the resort through obstacles to get to the grand finish line. LittleBike is a free kids-only ride that happens at 5.

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