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Aspen ski areas promote safety

Aspen Skiing Co. will host a variety of events at its four ski areas to help promote safe skiing and snowboarding as part of the National Ski Areas Association’s Safety Month.

Each one of the four ski areas will host a week of activities. Aspen Highlands will host avalanche-dog drills during the week of Jan. 5 through 11. Visitors also can take a “safety run” or bowl lap with a ski patroller, and they can learn the basics of an avalanche beacon.

During the week of Jan. 12 through 18, activities at Snowmass ski area will include free binding checks and helmet demonstrations and a safety tent with information at the top of the Elk Camp Gondola. Visitors with proof of a visit to the tent can take a free NASTAR run.

The theme of Jan. 19 through 25 will be “Skiing Aspen Mountain Responsibly.” There will be daily tips and pointers on Aspen Mountain such as skiing in a predictable way, respecting slow-skiing areas and safe navigating on certain runs and traffic areas. There also will be daily avalanche-beacon drills and avalanche-dog demonstrations.

Buttermilk will host a safety-poster contest at Bumps restaurant during its week of activities, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. Kids are encouraged to create and submit a poster demonstrating safe skiing and snowboarding.

Other activities will include free binding and helmet checks at Four Mountain Sports and helmet decorating.

More information about each mountain’s activities will be available at the guest-service desks at the base.

The National Ski Areas Association, the ski industry’s trade group, expanded Safety Week to Safety Month this season.

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