Vail Mountain Celebrates National Safety Awareness Month throughout January

08 January 2015

·         Know the Code GoPro Raffle and other weekly events designed to raise awareness of slope safety

Vail Mountain, one of the largest ski resorts in the world, is celebrating National Safety Awareness Month throughout the month of January through a variety of themed and participatory educational opportunities designed to promote slope safety amongst skiers and snowboarders of all ages. 
 
“Safety is a part of our culture in Vail and something that we bear in mind each and every day with our operations and guest interactions,” said Elizabeth Howe, senior director of mountain operations for Vail. “National Safety Awareness Month is a tremendous opportunity for us to really highlight slope safety awareness amongst both guests and employees.”
 
Scheduled events for National Safety Awareness Month at Vail Mountain include:
  • Jan. 10-11 – Kids Safety Scavenger Hunt
    • Mountain Safety staff will be at the Chaos Canyon Kids Adventure Zone from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. facilitating the scavenger hunt and awarding valuable prizes to kids of all ages who know about slope safety.
  • Jan. 17-19 – Helmet Safety
    • Representatives from the Vail Valley Medical Center’s ThinkFirst program will be at Mountain Plaza at the base of Gondola One from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. answering questions about proper helmet use and provide helmet demos for kids and adults.
    • Also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., officers from the Vail Police Department will be at the Mountain Safety Center at Henry’s Hut registering skis and snowboards.
  • Jan. 24-25 – Avalanche Awareness
    • A Flight for Life helicopter will demonstrate a landing in conjunction with Vail Ski Patrol near the top of the Tea Cup Express Lift (#36) on Jan. 24 or 25.  
    • The Vail Ski Patrol will be at Beacon Basin between the top of the Sourdough Express Lift and Two Elk from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 24 assisting guests in learning to use an avalanche beacon.
    • Guests who wish to participate in a burial simulation with the Vail Ski Patrol and one of Vail’s trained avalanche dogs on Jan. 25 from between noon and 2 p.m. should come into the Mountain Safety Center at Henry’s Hut that day to sign up.
 
In addition to scheduled events, Vail Mountain will host the “Know the Code GoPro Raffle” through National Safety Awareness Month and into February and March. All ages and abilities of skiers and snowboarders are encouraged to recite the seven steps of “Your Responsibility Code” to any Mountain Safety employee daily on the slopes or on event weekends at the Mountain Safety Center at Henry’s Hut. Those who can accurately list the seven steps will receive a small prize and be entered into a drawing for one of two GoPro HERO4 cameras in January and one each in February and March.
 
National Safety Awareness Month extends beyond the slopes and into the community through a local coloring contest amongst grade school students. Vail Mountain Safety and Ski Patrol visit local schools to share the slope safety message and encourage local students to illustrate what slope safety means to them. The top contestants’ illustrations will be submitted to the National Ski Areas Association to be entered in a national contest.
 
All event dates and times are subject to change. For details on any of these events, please contact Vail Mountain Safety at (970) 754-4668. 
 
To learn more about Vail Mountain visit www.vail.com, stop by the Mountain Information Center, or call (970) SKI-VAIL (754-8245).
 
About Vail Mountain
Coveted as one of the largest ski resorts in the world with more than 5,200 acres of skiable terrain, seven legendary Back Bowls spanning seven miles, and the most groomed terrain on the planet, Vail has been an extraordinary winter vacation destination for passionate skiers and snowboarders for more than 50 years. It is home to world-class athletes during the U.S. Ski Team early-season training sessions in Golden Peak, the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships and the future 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. Under blue skies more than 300 days each year, friends and families reconnect and celebrate here from year to year and generation to generation. The vacation experience is exceptional, from the Vail Ski & Snowboard School to events, activities and festivals, shops and spas, abundant culinary experiences and luxurious accommodations. Coupled with the vision inherent in the spirit of Vail’s founders, and a modern day commitment to excellence in all aspects of guest service and operations, Vail is a mountain resort like nothing on earth. www.vail.com.  
 
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About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)
Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading mountain resort operator in the United States. The Company's subsidiaries operate the mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Park City and Canyons in Utah; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan; and the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The Company's subsidiary, RockResorts, a luxury resort hotel company, manages casually elegant properties. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning, development and construction subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.
 

Contact(s)

Liz Biebl

Senior Manager of Communications
Email: ebiebl@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 754-3001

Sara Lococo

Keystone Communications Manager
Email: slococo@vailresorts.com
Phone: (970) 496-1493
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