January is National Safety Month at ski resorts across America, and Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are hosting special safety-related programs and activities all month long to raise awareness and demonstrate the many ways guests can keep safe on the slopes every day.

Throughout January, resorts are working to educate guests about on-mountain safety and responsibilities. Activities at the resorts include a wide array of hands-on demonstrations by ski patrol such as bringing guests on patrol sweeps at the end of the day, demonstrating training exercises, and many more interactive safety experiences. For a list by ski area, visit Colorado Ski Country USA resorts host events recognize national safety month.

Of course, this week saw three children fall from lifts at three different ski areas, begging consideration of adequate safety measures for the younger skiers. Some children are just too young or too small to ride by themselves. Others forget that they are dangling 20+ feet above the ground and either reach for a ski or boot, or get rowdy. To minimize the chance of problems, lift operators stress:

  • When loading, sit all the way at the back of the chair.
  • Always use the safety bar.
  • Don’t reach for falling items, such as gloves or poles—they can be retrieved later.
  • Don’t swing the chair.
  • Don’t sit on the outside of a chair and make it tilt toward a tower.
  • Never amplify a swing, or engage in horseplay on a lift.
  • Obey all signs and chairlift rules.

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