At Cooper, we want you to have a ton of fun while you’re on the mountain. But most of all, we want you to be safe. Your safety is your responsibility! Your actions on the snow not only affect your own safety, but the safety of those around you. We have a wonderful corps of highly-qualified, certified Ski Patrollers ready to help if you do have an injury or illness, and they also patrol the mountain throughout the day to help mitigate potential dangers whenever possible. But remember: your safety has to start with YOU! For more information, check out the Cooper Safety Station, located next to the Guest Services Desk on the first floor of the base lodge. You’ll find posters and some great literature concerning snowsports and slope safety, so check it out while you’re at Cooper!
TERRAIN ACCESS POLICY
Everyone should have a look at this policy, but it is especially imperative for you to review it if you intend to use Cooper’s terrain outside of normal operating hours, or by any means other than our passenger tramway system.
PLEASE NOTE: there have been changes to this policy for the 2017-2018 season, including a new Uphill Access Policy and Guidelines section, along with the requirement of an Uphill Access Pass Armband (it’s free) for those who wish to travel uphill by means other than the lifts. Please read this Policy, then stop in at the Ticket Window or Guest Services Desk to sign the appropriate document and receive your Uphill Access Armband. The Armband is required for any type of uphill access, 24 hours a day, from November 15th through April 15th.
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Ski Cooper (“Resort”) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without prior written authorization from the Resort. This prohibition includes drones used for any purpose whatsoever, whether filming or videotaping, or by media or journalists operating above or within the Resort boundaries, including Chicago Ridge. This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from Resort property, as well as drones launched from private property outside of the Resort boundaries. Please contact Cooper Risk Management, 719-293-8161, if you have any questions or if you have appropriate governmental authorization allowing you to operate drones above the Resort. Any authorized operation of drones must be in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, local law enforcement, and US Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by the Resort. These authorizations, regulations and rules generally require an application to the FAA, certification, training, various restrictions, safety and national security clearances, and a specific limited purpose, as well as insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers and releases of liability. Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, in addition to penalties or other actions that may be taken by any of the other regulatory agencies noted above.
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; collision 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 includes, CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
KNOW THE CODE & SMART STYLE IT
These videos will help you understand how to do your part to keep the mountain safe and comfortable for everyone: