SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

Read on for helpful tips for ensuring a safe, memorable and fun trip.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY
While our high altitude offers breathtaking views of the Gore Range, it often comes with rapidly changing weather, especially in the afternoons. So be sure to pack layers including a thermal base layer and rainproof/windproof outer layer, in case a shower rolls in during an afternoon hike. Also, remember, the temperature can drop as much as 10 degrees from the village to mid-mountain, so pack smart and be prepared.
 
STAY HYDRATED
It’s important to drink plenty of water during the days leading up to you trip and throughout your stay, as the higher altitude causes moisture to evaporate more quickly from the body and can leave you feeling dehydrated. Be sure to bring a water bottle with you on hikes and biking excursions and be sure not to drink from streams, as pristine as they may seem.
 
WILDLIFE
If you’re lucky, you’ll see some of the native animals out on the trails. Most common are little critters like marmots, chipmunks and the occasional red tail hawk or bald eagle. But you might come across an elk, moose or bear along the way. If you do, keep your distance (a minimum of 75 feet), don’t make any sudden movements, stay calm and slowly back away. Also, please don’t feed wild animals, although taking their picture (from a safe distance) is fine.
 
THE ELEMENTS
Remember that Beaver Creek sits at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level so the sun is much stronger than it is back home. Be sure to wear appropriate SPF sunscreen and cover your face with hats to avoid unnecessary exposure. Also, be sure to check the weather forecast as afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent summer event. If possible, start your outdoor adventures early so you’re off the mountain shortly after noon.
 
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR INJURY
Be sure to follow the tips above, plan your excursions, listen to your body along the way and be sure to take proper precautions if you see or hear a storm developing (seek shelter; stay below treeline and off of ridgelines; and stay clear of lift towers, chairlift houses, power lines, lone trees, sign posts and open spaces).
 
In case of an emergency on-mountain: 
  • Between the hours of 7am and 5pm, dial 6911 from any red on-mountain phone or call (970) 754-6911.
  • For issues in the village or after hours, contact public safety at (970) 754-5848 or by dialing 5948 from the red on-mountain phones.