How to avoid accidents on skis

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 11:20 am

                                                                          Copper’s Safety Fest returns Jan. 16 – 18

                                                             Daily Prizes, Avalanche Dog Demos and Helicopters


Copper Mountain, CO…January 13, 2010…Copper is proud to recognize and support the National Ski Area Association’s Safety Awareness Week with Copper’s Safety Fest, featuring three days of safe ski and riding education, demonstrations, and prizes & giveaways worth more than $4,000. Make sure to check out the daily avalanche dog demos at 12:45 p.m., as well as the Flight For Life Helicopter Tour at Patrol Headquarters on Sat., Jan. 16, starting at 10 a.m.*


Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza in the Village at Copper will host Safety Fest, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan 16 – 18, and each day guests can visit Copper’s Safety tents to learn about safety, earn a chance for daily prize drawings and watch the avalanche dog demonstration.


This year’s Safety Fest participants include:

    * Summit County Rescue Group – Backcountry awareness
    * Woodward at Copper – Terrain park and pipe safety
    * St. Anthony’s Medical Center – Helmet safety and general injury prevention
    * Copper Mountain Fire Department – General fire safety
    * Copper Mountain Ski Patrol – General on-mountain safety practices, Skier’s Responsibility Code, Know your Space, hydration, sunscreen usage, and Emergency Contact Cards laminated at the tent
    * Smith Optics (Saturday only) – Eyewear safety topics and helmet safety


Safety Fest tents are open daily from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*, and those guests who visit all of the booths and get their safety awareness cards punched at each station will be entered into a drawing. The prize drawing will be held at 1 p.m. each day, featuring items such as: lift tickets, lodging certificates, parking passes, Athletic Club memberships and passes, Woodward at Copper One Hit Wonder Sessions, hats, down vests, helmets, ski/ride lessons, childcare at Belly Button Bakery, free rounds of golf at Copper Creek, free orthopedic screenings at Avalanche Physical Therapy, a half day Snowcat trip, gift cards, safety gear and much more. Must be present to win!


One of the highlights of Safety Fest is the Flight For Life Helicopter Tour starting at 10 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 16*, at the top of Copper’s Excelerator and Super Bee lifts. Guests can tour the helicopter and talk to the flight nurse and pilot. Flight For Life is a nonprofit, hospital-based, community service providing critical care transport for a nine state region, with the industry’s most current technology and experienced, knowledgeable staff.


Another great Safety Fest event, the kids especially won’t want to miss, is the daily avalanche dog demos at 12:45 p.m. in Burning Stones Plaza. Typically, a volunteer will “get buried” in an avalanche-type scenario and the Copper Ski Patrol Dog (yes, the dogs are actually members of the Copper Ski Patrol) will use their heightened sense of smell to find the “buried volunteers.”


Safety Tip of the Week:

Skier’s Responsibility Code

    * Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid objects.
    * People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
    * Do not stop where you obstruct the trail or are not visible from above.
    * Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, yield to others.
    * Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
    * Observe all posted signs and warnings.
    * Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
    * Prior to using any lift, you must know how to load, ride and unload safely.

Knowing “The Code” is everyone’s responsibility!


*Schedule subject to change