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Copper Mountain Safety Fest this weekend

Copper Mountain Ski Resort is recognizing and supporting the National Ski Area Association's Safety Awareness Week with Copper's Safety Fest, with 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 Saturday, January 16, starting at 10 a.m. (schedule subject to change).

Copper's Burning Stones Plaza in the Village at Copper will host Safety Fest on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 16th through 18th.  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. to 1:30 p.m. (schedule subject to change), 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 1:00 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.  You 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 Saturday, January 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 in the Village at Copper. 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 equipmentObserve 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.

"The Code" is everyone's responsibility...skiers and snowboarders included! 

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