Copper Mountain celebrates National Ski Areas Association Safety Week with Safety Fest, Jan. 19-21. Copper will also host its 2nd Annual WinterBike on Saturday, Jan. 19.
NSAA National Safety Week kicks off on Saturday, Jan. 19, aiming to educate skiers and snowboarders across the U.S. about safety on the slopes. Copper’s safety campaigns were named “Most Creative” and “Best Overall” by NSAA in past years. “Protect Your Grill, Look Uphill” is the newest initiative this season focusing on collision prevention awareness.
Burning Stones Plaza in Center Village will be the spot for Safety Fest Village with National Ski Patrol, the U.S. Forest Service, Summit County Rescue Group, Woodward at Copper and many more on hand to provide information concerning backcountry awareness, the National Forest access and Copper Mountain Safety Initiatives. Prize drawings will be held daily at 1:30 p.m., which include Copper Mountain lodging packages, a private Tucker Mountain snowcat trip and a 2013/2014 Copper Season Pass.
Copper Mountain Safety Fest will feature daily avalanche dog demonstrations in Burning Stones Plaza at 10 a.m. and noon. A Flight for Life helicopter will land at Patrol Headquarters, located above Excelerator Lift on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Patrol Headquarters and Timberline Patrol Hut will host an open house with free hot cocoa throughout the weekend. Guests are also invited to sign up to take part in daily sweeps at 4 p.m. to close the mountain with Copper Mountain Ski Patrol. A full event schedule can be found here.
Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday in Center Village, the 2nd Annual WinterBike brings mountain bikers screaming around resort through obstacles followed by a grand finish line welcome complete with a fireworks display, part of the MLK En Fuego celebration.
Bring the kids along so they can take part in LittleBike, the free kids-only fun ride at 5 p.m. for kids 11 and under. Registration is now open online or day of registration is available inside Jack’s Slopeside Grill in Center Village from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per rider and all proceeds from the race goes toward the advocacy efforts of Cloud City Wheelers.