Copper Mountain’s Safety Fest returns this weekend

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2011 1:16 pm

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 $8,000.  This year’s Safety Fest is centered on Copper’s new Safety Initiatives: Go Wet Yourself, Sport a Ski Lid and Practice Bromance. In addition, make sure to check out the daily avalanche dog demos at 12:30 p.m., as well as the Flight For Life Helicopter fly-over and open house at Patrol Headquarters on Sat., Jan. 15, starting at 10 a.m.*


Safety Fest Schedule of Events: Jan 15 – 17*

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Safety Fest Tents Open

10 a.m.                                    Flight For Life helicopter fly-over and open house at Patrol Headquarters (Saturday Only)

12:30 p.m.                               Avalanche Dog Demo in Burning Stones Plaza

1 p.m.                                      Prize Drawing in Burning Stones Plaza (with more than $8k in prizes)

All Day                                    Open house at Timberline Patrol Station and Patrol Headquarters, with free hot cocoa



Copper’s Burning Stones Plaza in the Village at Copper will host Safety Fest, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jan 15 – 17, and each day guests can visit Copper’s Safety tents to learn about safety, earn a chance for daily prize drawings and enjoy the avalanche dog demonstration. Children will also be able to pick up trading cards of their favorite Copper Avalanche Dog, supporting the ‘Skier Responsibility Code’ message.


Safety Fest tents to visit:

  • Summit County Rescue Group – Backcountry/sidecountry rules and awareness, as well as avalanche transceiver (beacon) practice.
  • Woodward at Copper – Terrain park and pipe etiquette/Smart Style. In addition, there will be a mini jib/rail park set up in the Burning Stones Plaza area and the Woodward at Copper staff will highlight how to ski/ride small terrain features in a safe and fun manner.  
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center – Helmet safety and general injury prevention, as well as the Think First campaign.
  • Copper Mountain Fire Department – General fire safety, village safety and 911 awareness.
  • Copper’s Safety Zone with Ski Patrol – General on-mountain safety practices, Skier’s Responsibility Code, hydration (to include free samples of water, Powerade and Red Bull), sunscreen usage and Emergency Contact Cards laminated on-site.


Come pick up your Safety Fest punch card at the “Copper Safety Zone” tent and visit all the tents between 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Those guests who visit all of the tents/booths and get their safety awareness cards punched at each station will be entered into the drawing. The prize drawing will be held at 1 p.m. each day, with prizes and giveaways worth more than $8,000, featuring items such as: lift tickets, lodging certificates, parking passes, Athletic Club memberships and passes, Woodward at Copper One Hit Wonder Sessions, Copper restaurant and bar gift certificates, Lake Dillon Reservoir water-taxi rides, Sleigh Rides, Snow Day Passes, Tubing tickets, rounds of golf at the Copper Creek Golf Course, gift cards, ball caps/winter hats, helmets, childcare at Belly Button Bakery, safety gear, ski and snowboard swag and much more. Guests must be present to win the raffles! The Grand Prize each day is as follows:

·         Saturday, Jan. 15: ½ day Private Tucker Snowcat Tour, with access to Tucker Mountain for up to 12 of your closest friends.

·         Sunday, Jan. 16: Two nights of lodging at Copper.

·         Monday, Jan. 17: A Copper Mountain 2010-11 Season Pass


One of the highlights of Safety Fest is the Flight For Life Helicopter fly-over at 10 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 15*, and the open house at Patrol Headquarters, 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 12:30 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.”


Make sure to visit Jack’s Bar and Grille in Center Village, where guests can view the Safety Posters that were designed and submitted by our own Frisco Elementary Students. These students designed each poster around the ‘Skier Responsibility Code’ messages.  To view the winning posters, be sure to visit Alliroo Alley, located on the American Flyer lift line, between towers 25-29, where the winning posters have been made into signage for this fun kids trail.


Copper has new and improved safety initiatives this season, with clever and unique nomenclatures. Most of what you will see at this year’s Safety Fest will revolve around these three initiatives. These new safety initiatives are, in no particular order:

  • Go Wet Yourself: That fatigue and ache you experience during lunch may not be from a great morning of skiing/riding, but actually may be a result of dehydration. Often people confuse the symptoms of dehydration with altitude sickness. At moderately high altitudes, dehydration is responsible for more illness than oxygen insufficiency. At 12,313 ft (elevation at the top of Copper) altitude suppresses the sensation of thirst. To have a full and enjoyable day on the slopes you must properly hydrate. Drink before you are thirsty…by that time you are already dehydrated.


  • Sport a Skid Lid: Helmet usage is on the rise and if you are not wearing yours, it’s time to look at protecting your noggin. NSAA & Copper Mountain urge all skiers and riders to wear a helmet. Remember to always stay in control, as helmets along will not keep you from harm. If you forget your lid, you can pick one up at many Copper locations. At Copper, helmets are required for all minors enrolled in a Ski and Ride School program, and helmets are included with all equipment rentals for minors.


  • Practice Bromance: Always ski with a friend, it’s more fun with two anyway! Ski with a buddy, as they can help you out of a jam and if necessary, call ski patrol – Your Buddy’s Got Your Back.


In addition, this year many Copper employees will be more involved in Safety Fest, during the employee department decorating contest. Employees are invited to dress up or decorate their work areas, emphasizing Copper’s new safety initiatives. The main reason for this is to help employees engage our guests during Safety Fest, and get everybody talking safety. Decorating will be judged on creativity and guest/employee engagement, as well as the ability to emphasize one, two, or all three of Copper’s new safety initiatives. Look around Copper during Safety Fest for some creative employee Safety ideas!


*Schedule subject to change