National Safety Awareness Week kicks off today at local resorts |

National Safety Awareness Week kicks off today at local resorts

Vail Daily/Preston Utley

SUMMIT COUNTY – Local ski resorts are gearing up for National Safety Awareness Week that begins today and runs through Friday. To celebrate the event, Breckenridge Ski Resort’s mountain safety department will be handing out goodie bags and providing safety tips in tents at the bases of Peak 8 and Peak 9. Helmet promotions will be held in tents on Monday and Tuesday and a boot technician will be available for consultation at the Peak 9 tent on Tuesday.Breckenridge will be highlighting the Skiers and Riders Responsibility Code and the Freeride Code and testing guests on their knowledge. The Codes are:- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

– People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.- Do no stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.- Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.- Always use devices to prevent runaway equipment.

– Observe all posted signs and warnings.- Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.- Before using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.Copper Mountain, Vail and Beaver Creek will also be holding activities throughout the week with clinics and giveaways.

Copper begins the week with Terrain Park Safety Day, where “Smart Style” principles will be highlighted and given additional exposure during the Superpipe Jam with the Copper Freeride team at 3 p.m. Sunday is Lids on Kids Day, where Copper’s Slope Watch, Ski Patrol and Ambassadors will congratulate kids for wearing helmets and offer discounts on helmet purchases and rentals. On Wednesday, Slope Watch members will wear fun and funky hats, carry bells and horns to draw attention so guests remember to ski and snowboard safely and in control. On Thursday, Copper Ski Patrollers Dan Moroz and Cullen Lyle will give a clinic on the risks of backcountry skiing and snowboarding, while promoting awareness and know-how with backcountry tools such as beacon and transponders. The clinic will take place at 1 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza. Vail and Beaver Creek will focus on inbounds responsibility codes and terrain park etiquette, as well as backcountry safety. The resorts will be holding avalanche awareness sessions and beacon use contests. In addition, Beaver Creek is conducting dog rescue demonstrations and Vail will be explaining the ins and outs of Flight For Life helicopters and the resort’s snowcats.

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