During the National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Awareness Week – Jan. 14-20 – The Aspen Skiing Co. will be doing its part to promote ski and snowboard safety on its slopes.In addition to events taking place at all four mountains, Skico has launched multiple community initiatives, including a school safety program and an annual safety video contest for kids. The Given Institute, at 100 E. Francis Street in Aspen, will host a talk on head injuries by Dr. Jim Kelly at 5:30 p.m. today.A tent at the top of Sam’s Knob at Snowmass will be open until Friday, providing information to educate riders on such topics as dog searches, rescue beacons, speed awareness and terrain park safety. Additionally, every day at 1 p.m., a clinic with local athletes will discuss terrain park safety. Interested parties should meet at the top of Sam’s Knob.Aspen Mountain will be educating riders on hydration, sun protection and backcountry awareness. Information will be available at ski patrol headquarters at the top of the Ajax Express lift.Buttermilk will be hosting a poster contest at the kid’s ski school until Wednesday; pins and safety code handouts will also be distributed.Snow reportThe Aspen Skiing Co. is reporting 10 new inches at Aspen Mountain, Highlands and Snowmass in its 5:30 a.m. snow report. Buttermilk picked up 8 inches in the past 24 hours. Snow began falling Sunday afternoon and continued after the lifts closed (hint, hint).Avalanche reportAvalanche danger is moderate with pockets of considerable forming on N-E-S aspects at and above treeline. Danger is moderate below treeline.Look for the danger rating to go to considerable at treeline and above as a result of the new snow and associated wind. The RFAC office has recorded no avalanches in the past 24 hours.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.
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