Breckenridge Ski Resort’s Ski Safety Week started out with a bang Jan. 19. While many skiers and riders hear about the Skier Responsibility Code — through signs and even cafeteria napkins — few truly give it a lot of thought. But this week, Breck focuses on it — and makes it a blast.

The weekend featured free hot dogs, helmet fitting and low-cost helmets, avalauncher demos and avy dog demos.

Check out some of the photos from the weekend.

And don’t worry — you didn’t miss everything. All week, through Friday, Jan. 25, you can stop into any patrol hut (either on the bottom floor of the Vista Haus, or at the tops of the Independence, Mercury and Falcon chairlifts) and participate in trail checks and end-of-day sweeps. And through Friday, there’s a raffle at Peak 8’s base tent; just name three safety code items and get a raffle ticket.

Helmets help prevent head injuries, but it's essential to find one that fits properly.

Helmets help prevent head injuries, but it’s essential to find one that fits properly.

The avalanche dogs obviously enjoy one another's company.

The avalanche dogs obviously enjoy one another’s company.

Ski patrol prepares the dog to find a hidden toy.

Ski patrol prepares the dog to find a hidden toy.

Ski patrol prepares to demonstrate the avalauncher, using a tennis ball.

Ski patrol prepares to demonstrate the avalauncher, using a tennis ball.

An inert charge.

An inert charge.

Tobogans lined up, ready to use. Ski Patroller Bruce says they use about 2.5 for every 1,000 skiers/riders on the mountain.

Toboggans lined up, ready to use. Ski Patroller Bruce says they use about 2.5 for every 1,000 skiers/riders on the mountain.

Ski patrol uses this rescue device in the unusual situation, if and when people get stuck on the gondola or chairlift.

Ski patrol uses this rescue device in the unusual situation, if and when people get stuck on the gondola or chairlift.

At the base of Peak 8, Breckenridge Ski Resort posts how many passes have been pulled or suspended for week and per season for not following the Skier's Responsibility Code.

At the base of Peak 8, Breckenridge Ski Resort posts how many passes have been pulled or suspended for the week and per season for not following the Skier’s Responsibility Code.

Tents at the base of Peak 8 informed guests about helmets and safe skiing and riding.

Tents at the base of Peak 8 informed guests about helmets and safe skiing and riding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kimberly Nicoletti always knew she was meant to escape gray Chicago winters and spend her days skiing the Colorado Rockies. So, two months after she turned 18, she moved to Breckenridge to be a ski bum "for a season," assuring her parent's she'd return to Illinois to finish college. But, the ski bum life stuck. After three years of full-time skiing in Summit County, she decided to finish her degree at CU-Boulder in Creative Writing (granted, she took a semester off to ski). Once free of classes, she took yet another year off to ski in Summit (do you see a pattern here?). Then, she moved back to Boulder to earn her master's degree in Somatic Psychology/Dance Therapy. Upon graduation, she spent a winter teaching skiing at Mammoth Mountain. (Surely you see the pattern now.) In 2002, she moved back to Summit full time, to work at the Summit Daily as the arts and entertainment editor. She stayed with the company for 10 years, enjoying Summit's great events and later working as the managing editor of magazines covering the High Country. She still revolves her life around adventure and creativity, taking time to travel, ski, paddleboard, dance, ice skate, play with her dogs, learn new things and generally enjoy life. She's highly addicted to powder skiing and keeps her winter mornings commitment-free so she can indulge in "deep play" when Mother Nature cooperates. Off the mountain, she's a freelance writer and editor and teaches fitness and mind/body classes throughout Summit County.

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