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Beaver Creek Mountain Safety

Skiing Royal Elk Glades in Beaver Creek

At Beaver Creek, safety comes first for all of our guests and employees. The resort has put in place programs that promote the safety of everyone on the mountain as well as educate our guests on the importance of snowsports safety. 



UPHILL TRAVEL POLICY. Non-lift access to ski area facilities; such as uphill snowshoeing, hiking or "skinning", may present high danger of personal injury to participants or others and therefore may be limited or forbidden based on conditions, on-mountain activity and/or mountain policy.

Prior to embarking on these uphill activities, please call the Trails Hotline 
for approved uphill travel routes and mountain access: (970) 754-5907

 

Daytime Operations Checklist for Uphill Travel:
    • Call the Trails Hotline (970) 754-5907
    • Stay towards the side of the trail
    • Position yourself so that you are visible from above
    • Wear brightly colored clothing
    • Dogs are prohibited during lift operating hours
    • Obey all pertinent signage
    • Avoid all areas where machinery is operating

Evening Operations Checklist for Uphill Travel:
    • Call the Trails Hotline (970) 754-5907
    • Abide by all of the above-described daytime recommendations
    • Wear reflective materials
    • All dogs must be on leashes
    • Carry a light or headlamp
    • Be aware that ski area emergency services are NOT available

SKI SAFETY:
HEADS UP - KNOW THE CODE, IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY


OBEY MOUNTAIN SAFTEY SIGNS:

         
         
         


YOUR RESPONSIBILITY CODE:
Beaver Creek is committed to promoting skier safety. In addition to people using traditional alpine ski equipment, you may be joined on the slopes by snowboarders, telemark skiers or cross-country skiers, skiers with disabilities, skiers with specialized equipment and others. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Observe “Your Responsibility Code” listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

 

    1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
    2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
    3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
    4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
    5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
    6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
    7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

 

Be advised that Beaver Creek Resort does not mark all potential obstacles or hazards. When marked, poles, flags, fencing, signage, padding or other forms of marking are used to inform the skier/rider of the location of a potential obstacle or hazard. These markers are no guarantee of your safety. It is part of your responsibility under the Your Responsibility Code and the Colorado Ski Safety Act to avoid all obstacles and hazards.

 

COLORADO SKI SAFETY ACT 
The Colorado legislature, recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the skier; and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. A summary of the inherent risks is listed below:

WARNING 
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing, including: changing weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collisions with natural objects, man-made objects, or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities.

 

The Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

 

Skiers and Riders should be advised that a green circle, blue square, or black diamond trail at Beaver Creek is not necessarily the same as a green circle, blue square or black diamond trail at other resorts. The system is a relative rating of trails at each resort and does not compare trail difficulty between resorts. Skiers and Riders should begin with the easiest terrain and then move up in difficulty as their ability permits in order to understand the relative rating at Beaver Creek Resort.

 

EXTREME TERRAIN contains cliffs, very steep slopes as well as rocks and other hazards. Skiing or boarding Extreme Terrain is for EXPERTS ONLY.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES. Vail Resorts strongly discourages the use of electronic devices including cell phones, personal entertainment and communication devices, and any other electronic equipment that utilizes head/ear phones while skiing and snowboarding, or loading and unloading lifts.

 

LIFT SAFETY. Under Colorado law, you cannot board a lift unless you have sufficient physical dexterity, ability and knowledge to negotiate or to use such lift safely, or until you have asked for and received information sufficient to enable you to use the lift safely. You may not use a lift or any ski trail when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

CAUTION. Snowcats, snowmobiles and snowmaking may be encountered at any time.

 

SLOW ZONES. Certain areas (indicated on the map in yellow) are designated as SLOW ZONES. Please observe the posted slow areas by maintaining a speed no faster than the general flow of traffic. Space and speed are especially important in these areas. Fast and aggressive skiing will not
be tolerated.

 

HELMET USE. Beaver Creek encourages our guests to educate themselves on the benefits and limitations of winter sports helmets. Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear a helmet, every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities.

Freestyle Terrain has designations for size. Start small and work your way up. Designations are relative to this ski area.

Smart Style Freestyle Terrain Safety Initiative video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoR44fOHlgA

    MAKE A PLAN. Every time you use Freestyle Terrain, make a plan for each feature you
    want to use. Your speed, approach and takeoff will directly affect your maneuver and landing.

    LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. You are responsible for inspecting Freestyle Terrain before initial
    use and throughout the day. The features vary in size and change constantly due to snow
    conditions, weather, usage, grooming and time of day. Do not jump blindly. Use a spotter
    when necessary.

    EASY STYLE IT. Always ride or ski in control and within your ability level. Do not attempt
    Freestyle Terrain unless you have sufficient ability and experience to do so safely.
    You control the degree of difficulty you will encounter in using Freestyle Terrain,
    both on the ground and in the air.

    RESPECT GETS RESPECT. Respect Freestyle Terrain and others. Only one person
    on a feature at a time. Wait your turn and call your start. Always clear the landing
    area quickly. Respect all signs and do not enter Freestyle Terrain or use features
    when closed.

BACKCOUNTRY WARNING. Pursuant to the Colorado Ski Safety Act, the ski area assumes no responsibility for skiers going beyond the ski area boundary. To access the backcountry, use designated gates only. Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained. Avalanches, unmarked obstacles and other natural hazards exist. Be aware: the backcountry avalanche hazard may be extreme. Rescue in the backcountry, if available, is the responsibility of the Summit County Sheriff. It will be costly and may take time.

HIGH-ALTITUDE ENVIRONMENT. Some visitors may experience symptoms associated with Beaver Creek’s high altitude. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, restless sleep, coughing and difficulty in breathing. If symptoms persist or if you have a concern about your health, you should seek medical attention.
The heart of the resort, Beaver Creek Village is full of quaint shops, art galleries, bars and restaurants, all conveniently linked by heated walkways and escalators. All accommodations are ski-in by means of connecting trails and skier bridges.

Amenities available to guests staying in Beaver Creek village:

    • Main access to the Centennial and Strawberry chairlift with beginner, intermediate & advanced terrain
    • Lift ticket & pass office, equipment rentals, and ski storage
    • Ski & Snowboard Schools, Nordic Center, Small World Play School
    • Ice Rink, Vilar Center for the Arts, numerous restaurants and bars
    • Hotel rooms, condominiums and B&B accommodations

Any employee in uniform is available to assist with safety questions and is empowered to suspend or revoke the skiing or riding privileges of anyone demonstrating reckless or inappropriate behavior.

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