Mountain Safety


Skiing/Snowboarding Safely at Ski Cooper

Skiers & Snowboarders: Skiing and snowboarding can be HAZARDOUS.  The Colorado Ski Safety Act was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS, and FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.

Your Responsibility Code

This is a partial list.  Please be safety conscious.

  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.

Ski Patrol: Our professional ski patrol is here to provide you with first aid, directions, to answer questions, and to help you (our guest) enjoy the mountain.  First Aid Stations are located at the top of the Piney Basin Triple and on the first floor of the Lodge.  If you see an accident, alert the Ski Patrol or nearest lift attendant.  Emergency message boards are located at the bottom of each lift.  Ski Patrol closes and sweeps all trails at the end of each day.  For your safety, cooperation in descending ahead of the Ski Patrol is required.  Please observe and respect all closures.  Closure violators may be subject to prosecution!

Trail Signs: Signs are posted throughout our trail network for your convenience and protection.  Please observe all posted signs such as, but not limited to: CLOSED, CAUTION, SLOW, and AREA BOUNDARY signs.  Remember: it is illegal to enter closed areas.  The posted degree of difficulty of a run is determined by surrounding terrain and the runs on this mountain only.  Comparison of runs similarly marked at different areas may be misleading.

Backcountry Ski 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 gate only.  Information regarding skiing in the backcountry along with weather and avalanche conditions can be obtained at the ticket office.  Areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained.  Avalanche slopes, 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 Lake County Sheriff.

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; the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities; cliffs; extreme terrain, jumps, and freestyle terrain.

Ski Cooper is concerned about the safety of skiers using the mountain.  Fast, reckless, and out-of-control skiers or snowboarders will lose their lift tickets or passes and will be asked to leave the mountain.  Skiing is more fun when you ski or board with caution and control.

Terrain Park Safety: Smart Style


Smart Style

Four Points for Terrain Park Safety:

    Every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
    Scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know your landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area.
    Start small and work your way up. (Inverted aerials not recommended).
    From the lift line through the park.

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