Breck Safety Week

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The next two weeks involve a lot of big events here in Summit County, including, but not limited to, Breck Safety Week, The Gatorade Free Flow Tour at Vail (Amateur version of the Dew Tour), the beginning of 2nd semester, the Denver Big Air Competition, the X Games in Aspen, and the SIA (snow sports) tradeshow in Denver.

This entry is about Breck Safety week!

As said from their Facebook event page:

In honor of the upcoming National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Awareness Week, Breckenridge Ski Resort announced plans for a series of events titled: “Breck Safety Week 2011: Safety At Its Peak.”

The resort will hold a week’s worth of fun and educational activities for all ages starting Saturday, January 15, including an Avalauncher "Tour" and Firing Demo, Avalanche Dog Demos and a Flight For Life helicopter landing on...
Peak 8. Guests will also have the chance to stop by the “Open House” at all Ski Patrol huts and meet patrol members, as well as perform trail checks and end of the day sweeps with them.

The full schedule is as follows:
MLK Weekend Kick-off
Saturday, January 15th- Monday, January 17th
10am -2pm:
• Tent Village at base of Peak 8
• Think First: Helmet Fitting
• Patrol, Mountain Safety, Guest Services: Responsibility Code and Raffle

10am-12pm: Ski safely through the Springmeier or Bonanza slow zones and share three Skier Responsibility Code points with Mountain Safety to be entered in the daily raffle.

12pm: Avalauncher “Tour” and Firing Demonstration (Peak 7 avalauncher- located on skiers left of the run Lower Forget Me Not, easily accessed via the Independence Chair)

1pm: Avalanche Dog Demo at the top of the Colorado (The best part of safety demos in my opinion... so fun to watch these guys do what they do best and have a blast doing it! I've never seen happier dogs than these guys.)

(This picture is from Copper Mountain.)

(This is Tucker, one of Copper's Patrol Members riding up the chairlift!)
  (This is 2-year-old Henry, Vail's newest Ski Patrol Member.)

(Born and raised a mountain dog!)

Immediately Following: Beacon Demo and Avalanche Awareness, same location

Tuesday January 18th -Friday, January 21st
There will be an open house at all Patrol huts throughout the week, where guests can come in and meet members of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, do trail checks with patrollers, accompany patrol on end of the day sweeps.

Patrol huts are located on the bottom floor of the Vista Haus, and at the tops of the Independence, Mercury, and Falcon chairlifts. In addition, If guests get “caught” skiing safely by Patrol or Mountain Safety during the week, they will become eligible for additional prizes. Terrain Park staff will also be available at every terrain park to talk to guests about how to be safe in the parks.

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