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! And take a few moments to learn about Cooper’s safety program, SLIDE IN CONTROL.
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.
For information regarding uphill access, visit our new UPHILL ACCESS PAGE
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, without prior written authorization from the Resort. To read the entire Drone Policy, please click the link above to Cooper’s Terrain Access Policy, wherein the full Drone Policy is located.
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.
SLIDE IN CONTROL – Cooper’s Safety Program
Ski / Snowboard (verb): the act of sliding downhill on snow strapped to waxed wooden planks / plank for sport or recreation.
Skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous, and there are inherent risks involved. You can help to keep yourself and others around you safe by following the tenets of Cooper’s SLIDE IN CONTROL program.
PLAN AHEAD – Be knowledgeable of snow conditions and trail closings before hitching a ride to the top of the mountain.
WEAR A HELMET – Donning proper headgear has been shown to offer a degree of protection from head injuries.
READ THE SIGNS – Spot, read, and obey all signage both in the base area and on the mountain; signs exist to help you, not to restrict you.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS – Don’t be overconfident, make proper trail selections based on your actual ability level, not the Olympic level you dream about.
KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL – Be alert for, and spot other skiers and riders around you, as well as objects.
CONTROL YOURSELF – Maintain safe speeds and distances from other skiers/riders and objects so that you are able to slow down or stop to avoid collisions.
TAKE A BREAK – Take a timeout to rest, hydrate, and eat even before you start to feel thirsty and fatigued. And don’t overexert yourself for that “one last run” at the end of the day.
SKI SAFETY ACT – Read it and understand your duties as a “skier” in the state of Colorado.
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: