Colorado Ski Resorts And Safety

admin December 1, 2010 0

It’s ski season again in the Rockies and plenty of Coloradans are ready to hit the slopes. Many Denver families and friends take weekend excursions to the Rocky Mountains in order to enjoy some soft powder and fresh mountain air. Here are the ski resorts that are already open this season:

  • Loveland
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Aspen Mountain
  • Copper Mountain
  • Crested Butte
  • Echo Mountain
  • Eldora
  • Monarch
  • Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort
  • Ski Cooper
  • Snowmass
  • Steamboat
  • Sunlight
  • Telluride
  • Winter Park
  • Wolf Creek

And here are some Colorado ski resorts that will be opening soon:

  • Aspen Highlands – December 11
  • Buttermilk – December 11
  • Howelsen – December 4
  • Powderhorn – December 16
  • Silverton – December 4
  • SolVista – December 15

When you are traveling from Denver to a ski resort, there are some safety tips to keep in mind whether you are skiing or snowboarding in the Rockies.

  • Get in shape before skiing. Skiing takes a lot of energy out of you and if you are not in shape, then it is very easy to get an injury.
  • Condition your equipment. Tighten bolts, wax boards and most of all, make sure everything still fits. Many Denver ski retailers offer these services.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets are not required to ski or snowboard with but can save your life if you catch an edge and go slamming into the ground. Pick one up at your local Denver ski shop.
  • Wear goggles and sunscreen, even on cloudy days because 80% of sunrays still penetrate through clouds on a cloudy day.
  • Wear layers and protect your skin.
  • Stay hydrated and drink water. Often, skiers forget how thirsty they are since the weather is cold and they are not sweating.
  • Take breaks.
  • When taking a break, sit on the side of the trail, not in the middle.
  • Eat carbs – skiing takes a lot of energy out of you.
  • Ski with a friend in case of any emergencies, someone will be there to help you. Speaking of which, also bring your cell phone.
  • Be prepared to get off ski lifts and don’t get tangled in the foot rests.
  • Don’t ski above your ski level.
  • Don’t go off trail. Trails are blocked off for a safety reason, not because they want to hog the good runs to themselves.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol while you’re having lunch at the resort. Skiing while drunk is just as hazardous as operating heavy machinery when drunk.
  • Don’t stay out for an extra run when it is getting dark unless you intend to engage in some night skiing on icy runs.

Stay safe and have fun skiing and snowboarding this season in Colorado!

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