National Safety Awareness Week

Jan. 19, 2013

Vail Ski Patroller

We will be celebrating National Safety Week Jan. 19-27th with special events, classes, demonstrations, kid’s scavenger hunts and more!

From its humble beginnings with less than a dozen ski patrollers on staff in 1962, Vail Mountain’s safety team has grown tremendously over the last 50 years. We’ve implemented numerous programs and initiatives to enhance the safety of guests and employees on the mountain.

This year we here at Vail are celebrating 50 years of safety as National Safety Awareness Week returns, Jan. 19-27! We want to encouraging skiers and snowboarders, guests and employees, to “Play It Safe. Play all Season.”

Here are some of the ways you can participate in Safety Week at Vail:

EVERY DAY Jan. 19-27th

1) Any guest who approaches a mountain safety team member and correctly recites the responsibility code will be entered into a raffle to win a GoPro camera at the end of the week!Vail Mountain Safety

2) Join staff from Vail Mountain Safety, Vail Ski Patrol and Community Guest Service at the Vail Mountain Safety Yurt at Henry’s Hut daily from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to pick up safety giveaways, brush up on ski and snowboard culture and the history of safety, and get an EpicMix photo taken with Pork Chop the Safety Pig or one of Vail’s avalanche rescue dogs, Henry, Mookie or Rocky. Guests can also participate in daily sweeps with Vail Ski Patrol by signing up at Patrol Headquarters, located at the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4).

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Saturday, Jan. 19:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chaos Canyon Children’s Safety Scavenger Hunt: Join Vail mountain Safety staff in Chaos Canyon for a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Little rippers must answer a series of safety-related questions before receiving a small prize at the conclusion of the hunt.

Sunday, Jan. 20:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chaos Canyon Children’s Safety Scavenger Hunt: Join Vail mountain Safety staff in Chaos Canyon for a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Little rippers must answer a series of safety relates questions before receiving a small prize at the conclusion of the hunt.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tips on knee and body health from physical therapists at Axis Sports Medicine at Mid-Vail.

Monday, Jan. 21:

10:30 a.m. High-angle avalanche rescue demonstration off the Chair 4 Cliffs.Vail Ski Patrol

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tips on knee and body health from physical therapists at Axis Sports Medicine at Mid-Vail.

Tuesday, Jan. 22:

10:30 a.m. Avalanche rescue dog demonstration outside of Henry’s Hut, between the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and High Noon Express Lift (#5).

11 a.m. Flight for Life helicopter landing at the top of the Avanti Express Lift (#2).

11 a.m. Safety tips from the Ski & Snowboard School. Meet outside The 10th at Mid-Vail.

 Wednesday, Jan. 23:

11 a.m. Avalanche beacon training and challenge. Meet at Beacon Basin at the top of the Sourdough Express Lift (#14).

11 a.m. Safety tips from the Ski & Snowboard School. Meet outside The 10th at Mid-Vail.

Thursday, Jan. 24:

11 a.m. Safety tips from the Ski & Snowboard School. Meet outside The 10th at Mid-Vail.

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Binding checks and helmet fittings with Vail Sports. Meet at Henry’s Hut at the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4).

Friday, Jan. 25:

11 a.m. Avalanche safety introduction with Vail Ski Patrol. Meet at Henry’s Hut at the top of the Mountaintop Express Lift (#4) and High Noon Express Lift (#5).

11 a.m.-3 p.m. “Smart Style” with the Vail Ski & Snowboard School: Join freestyle instructors from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School as they review the importance of the “Smart Style” Terrain Park Safety Initiative in the Bwana and Golden Peak Terrain Parks.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tips on knee and body health from physical therapists at Axis Sports Medicine at Mid-Vail.

Saturday, Jan. 26:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chaos Canyon Children’s Safety Scavenger Hunt: Join Vail mountain Safety staff in Chaos Canyon for a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Little rippers must answer a series of safety relates questions before receiving a small prize at the conclusion of the hunt.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tips on knee and body health from physical therapists at Axis Sports Medicine at Mid-Vail.

Sunday, Jan. 27:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Chaos Canyon Children’s Safety Scavenger Hunt: Join Vail mountain Safety staff in Chaos Canyon for a family-friendly scavenger hunt. Little rippers must answer a series of safety relates questions before receiving a small prize at the conclusion of the hunt.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tips on knee and body health from physical therapists at Axis Sports Medicine at Mid-Vail.

Other events, activities and communications may be added throughout the week and all events are subject to change; please check with Vail Ski Patrol or Mountain Safety personnel about daily activities or call (970) 754-4610 for more information.

 

About Play It Safe, Play All Season

Last season Vail Resorts launched a company-wide, enhanced slope safety campaign across its six mountain resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado, and Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in California and Nevada. The Play It Safe campaign is a multi-faceted, comprehensive campaign aimed at addressing slope safety by communicating how guests can ski and snowboard more responsibly and still have a great time. All seven of the Company’s resorts are implementing enhanced on-mountain Play It Safe messaging across a variety of channels and in critical locations, such as terrain park exits and areas where trails merge, to reach skiers and snowboarders of all ages. Vail Resorts is also working on video communications with sponsored Olympic and world champion ski and snowboard athletes Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White who share the company’s safety vision.