Beaver Creek observes safety week
Ryan Summerlin January 17, 2013
BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – Beaver Creek celebrates National Safety Awareness Week, Jan. 19-27 utilizing the theme “BC Be Safe” as its basis for showcasing the resort’s safety practices for guests, community members and employees. The Mountain Safety Team developed a schedule of activities and educational events designed to address and highlight industry safety hot topics. Throughout the week there will be interactive on hill presentations that are not commonly seen on the slopes every day.
In support of NSAA’s Lift Safety emphasis during Safety Week, the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will be conducting their required annual gondola evacuation training on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 5:45 p.m. The patrol is inviting guest volunteers, at least 13 years of age, to participate in the training exercise which is capped at 30 people. Interested volunteers should register in advance by calling Beaver Creek Ski Patrol at (970) 754-6610.
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Beaver Creek Ski Patrol Safety Tent at the top of Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6). Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will be talking about the resort’s new “Play it Safe” signage and other safety initiatives. Attendees will receive safety giveaways while supplies last and volunteers can sign up for the gondola evacuation training drill. Take an EpicMix Photo with the resort’s Avalanche Rescue Dogs.
• 12:45 p.m.: Flight for Life will land its medical helicopter at the top of Centennial Express Lift (Chair 6) and talk with skiers and snowboarders about the role they play in our community.
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Safety booths in the base area. Mountain West will be on hand to demonstrate the fitness evaluation conducted for on mountain employees, designed to keep Beaver Creek staff safe and fit for a winter on the slopes.
Snow Rider Safety Alliance and Beaver Creek Ski Patrol Safety Tent located at the base. Learn more about why members of Patrol and the Safety Alliance encourage the use of a helmet.
EpicMix Safety Photo Booth: Guests can have their EpicMix Photo taken among safety props and the resort’s new safety signage.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Mountain Safety Tent will offer kid-friendly safety activities including education about Your Responsibility Code, NSAA Safety Poster Contest and attendees will receive safety giveaways while supplies last. Guests can have their EpicMix Photo taken among safety props and the resort’s new safety signage.
• 1:30 p.m. Beaver Creek’s Ski with a Ranger program offers a closer look at the flora, fauna and Rocky Mountain landscape with a 45-minute tour provided by a U.S. Forest Service representative. Meet at Patrol Headquarters at the top of Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8). A valid lift ticket is required.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Beaver Creek Ski School Ambassador Safety Booth at Centennial Station.Stop by for tips on locating appropriate terrain for your ability level if new to the mountain, staying hydrated at altitude and learn how to take advantage of the Mountain Welcome Tour or the new Women’s Social Tour to maximize your experience at Beaver Creek.-
• 12 p.m.: Ski School Ambassadors and Cookie Time Chefs will serve special “safety cookies” and guests can take a safety quiz.
• 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Beaver Creek Ski Patrol Open House at Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8).
• 3 p.m.: Ski Patrol Sweep in Rose Bowl. Guests are invited to sweep Rose Bowl, looking for skiers and riders in all in-bound areas before closing trails at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of Cinch Express (Chair 8). A valid lift ticket or pass is required.
• 5:45 p.m. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol public lift evacuation drill on the Buckaroo Gondola. Participants should register in advance by calling patrol at 970-754-6610.
• 5:30 p.m. Ski Patrol Safety Tent at Thursday Night Lights. Beaver Creek’s Mountain Safety Team will have a booth where kids can color their Safety Posters to submit to the National Ski Areas Association Safety Poster Contest. Mountain Safety Team members will discuss Your Responsibility Code prior to the glow worm ski down. The ski down is followed by a fireworks display over the Village.-
4-5:30 p.m.: Family Friday Afternoon Club Safety and Backcountry Awareness. Bring the family to learn about avalanche and other safety practices at Beaver Creek’s Friday Afternoon Club. Special activities and demos with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and the resort’s avalanche rescue dogs will highlight the afternoon.
10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Axis Sports Therapy fitness experts will demonstrate exercises designed to build strength and prevent injury at a booth in the base area.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Backcountry Awareness Day. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host a free Beacon Training Class at Patrol Headquarters at the top of Cinch Express Lift (Chair 8). Register in advance by calling 970-754-6611.-
12 p.m.: Ski Patrol will conduct an indoor demonstration at PHQ showing the snow science behind avalanches using ordinary baking ingredients.
1 p.m.: Beacon Challenge. Beacon Bowl Training participants from the morning session put their skills to the test for a Beacon Challenge underneath the Centennial Lift (Chair 6). Prizes will be awarded for the fastest Beacon Challenge times.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Axis Sports Therapy fitness experts will demonstrate exercises designed to build strength and prevent injury at a booth in the base area.
12-2 p.m. New Red Tail Backcountry Demonstration Camp: Located east of Red Tail Camp underneath the Birds of Prey Express Lift, stop by for an avalanche dog rescue drill and RECCO chip demonstration with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol.