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A crystal clear bluebird day made for a picture perfect landing by the National Guard who were invited to land their Black Hawk helicopter at the top of the Centennial Express Lift at Beaver Creek to kick off National Safety Awareness Week. Members of Beaver Creek’s Ski Patrol and their Avalanche Rescue Dogs along with the National Guard crew members talked to skiers and snowboarders about skier safety and back country awareness. The Black Hawk crew allowed members of the public to sit in the helicopter and take photos.
A crystal clear bluebird day made for a picture perfect landing by the National Guard who were invited to land their Black Hawk helicopter at the top of the Centennial Express Lift at Beaver Creek to kick off National Safety Awareness Week. Members of Beaver Creek’s Ski Patrol and their Avalanche Rescue Dogs along with the National Guard crew members talked to skiers and snowboarders about skier safety and back country awareness. The Black Hawk crew allowed members of the public to sit in the helicopter and take photos.
Photo courtesy of Vail Resorts snow.com
Black Hawk and some smart dogs kick off National Safety Awareness Week activities at Beaver Creek
By realvail.com 

January 17, 2009 — Beaver Creek Resort will promote skier and snowboarder safety awareness over the MLK holiday weekend and through the National Safety Awareness Week with a windy and drooling experience.

Beaver Creek resort has partnered with the National Guard to land a Black Hawk helicopter at the top of Centennial Express lift (Chair 6) in a demonstration of high country emergency preparedness. The Beaver Creek ski patrol’s avalanche rescue dogs will also be on scene since the dogs have been trained to fly in the Black Hawk helicopters on backcountry rescue missions. The Black Hawk landing and rescue dogs are only the kick off of many activities throughout the week in an effort to keep guests, locals, and employees aware of potential hazards in the mountains.

The National Guard will land a Black Hawk helicopter at the top of the Centennial lift Saturday, Jan. 17 at about 10 a.m. The helicopter is also rumored to make a quick stop at Eagle’s Nest on Vail Mountain but this is unconfirmed. Keep an eye in the sky over the National Safety Awareness week and throughout the year as the helicopters can be seen occasionally flying over the Valley.

Beaver Creek ski patrol’s avalanche rescue dogs, which are certified by the State of Colorado through the Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment program (CRAD), have flown on a number of backcountry rescue missions in the past few years and they have done some backcountry work with the National Guard.

Saturday morning the Black Hawk crew will be on site to talk with skiers and snowboarders and provide a close up view of the helicopter.

Beaver Creek patrollers will share tips about backcountry safety and awareness as well as how its rescue dogs are deployed. CRAD, which is a joint effort between county search and rescue teams, resort ski patrols and St. Anthony’s Flight for Life helicopter, deploys avalanche rescue dogs, their handlers and avalanche technicians for backcountry avalanche rescues.

High country dogs can be last minute saviors when it comes to avalanche and emergency preparedness. The National Skier Safety Awareness Week kicks off this MLK weekend at BC with a National Guard Black Hawk and the CRAD certified BC avalanche rescue dogs.
High country dogs can be last minute saviors when it comes to avalanche and emergency preparedness. The National Skier Safety Awareness Week kicks off this MLK weekend at BC with a National Guard Black Hawk and the CRAD certified BC avalanche rescue dogs.

Safety By Numbers and backcountry awareness

Over the weekend and through the following week Beaver Creek will continue to promote its "Saftey By Numbers" initiative and backcountry Awareness. Safety By Numbers is an initiative designed to contact and educate as many guests, employees, community members and children as possible throughout the season. Through outreach in Eagle County schools, Beaver Creek ski patrol and yellow jackets have spoken to 1,610 local kids so far this year. Employee training and discussions occur on an on going basis and the day-to-day skier interaction on the slopes reaches guests from all over the globe.

Beaver Creeks’ avalanche rescue dog program, now in its fifth year, includes year-round preparation with Dixie and Blu, the resort’s rescue dogs that are trained to aid in Colorado backcountry search and rescue efforts that take place outside of ski resort boundaries. During Safety Week, Dixie and Blu will be highly visible demonstrating their skills while their handlers and other patrollers will be discussing safety and preparation for the backcountry. The Beaver Creek Ski Patrol also will be hosting a community Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Class on Thursday, Jan. 22 from 6-8 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. The class is free and open to the public and is designed for novice to experienced backcountry enthusiasts. The focus will be on snow physics, route selection, evaluating snow stability, beacons, and avalanche phenomenon and rescue techniques. Interested attendees should RSVP in advance to (970) 754-6611.


The complete schedule of Beaver Creek’s 2009 Safety Week activities includes:

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009

Safety Fair: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Yellow Jacket staff will conduct safety demonstrations including snow safety, mountain evacuation, and lift evacuation near the base of the Centennial Express Lift.
Beaver Creek’s Rescue Dogs will demonstrate rescue techniques. The Eagle Country Snow Rider Safety Alliance will be on site to educate the public on head and spinal injuries as well as helmet education, fittings, and will provide giveaways.
Ski Patrol and Yellow Jacket staff will distribute hats, Family Safety Tip Cards, hot cocoa and other items to guests who know and demonstrate the Skier Safety Code.
Don’t miss Ripperoo, Beaver Creek Ski School’s Safety Mascot, who will educate and entertain guests at the Safety Fair.
Beaver Creek Terrain Park Staff is partnering with TV 8 to air a segment highlighting Beaver Creek’s New Rodeo Terrain Park, its features, safe practices, and etiquette.
TV8 Skier Safety Code Message: Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony partnered with TV8 to produce a skier Safety Code Message that will air throughout Safety Week, Jan. 17-23.
TV 8’s “Off the Hill” Host Billy Doran will host a special Safety Segment from the base of the Centennial Express Chair Lift from 3:30p.m.-5:30p.m. Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Rescue Dogs will perform a Live Burial and Rescue Scenario next to the Centennial Express. There will also be a call in contest and a chance to win Backcountry Gear for answering snow safety questions.

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009
Safety Fair: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the base of the Centennial Express Lift. Events include safety demos, Rescue Dogs, Eagle County Snow Rider Safety Alliance and giveaways.
Beaver Creek Managers and Executives will be on the hill conducting “Management Speeder” throughout the resort to highlight the importance of Skier and Rider Safety among all of our guests.
Beaver Creek Children’s Ski School kicks off their annual Sunday “Harry and Millie” Safety Scavenger Hunt.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Monday, Jan. 19, 2009
Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host an open house at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of Cinch Express from 1-2:30 p.m.
Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dogs will perform Search and Rescue Drills outside of Patrol Headquarters.
Ski Patrol will be on hand to answer snow safety questions and offer tips on backcountry touring.
Get your picture taken with the Beaver Creek Avalanche Rescue Dogs.
“Sweep”: Go out with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and sweep the slopes at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8), at 3:00 p.m. Open to all, no registration necessary.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009
Beaver Creek Ski Patrol open house; Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dogs Search and Rescue Drills; Snow Safety Q&A; Photos with Beaver Creek Avalanche Rescue Dogs
“Sweep”: Go out with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and sweep the slopes at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8), at 3:00 p.m. Open to all, no registration necessary.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009
Beaver Creek Ski Patrol open house; Ski Patrol Avalanche Rescue Dogs Search and Rescue Drills; Snow Safety Q&A; Photos with Beaver Creek Avalanche Rescue Dogs
“Sweep”: Go out with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and sweep the slopes at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8), at 3:00 p.m. Open to all, no registration necessary.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009
“Sweep”: Go out with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and sweep the slopes at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8), at 3:00 p.m. Open to all, no registration necessary.
Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host a free Backcountry and Avalanche Awareness Class from 6-8 p.m. at the Avon Public Library. The workshop will focus on snow physics, route selection, evaluating snow stability, beacons, and avalanche phenomenon and rescue techniques. The classes are led by members of Beaver Creek’s Ski Patrol team who volunteer their time to help prepare backcountry skiers, snowboarders and explorers for the winter wilderness experience. Call (970) 754-6611 to sign up in advance.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2009
“Sweep”: Go out with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and sweep the slopes at the end of the day. Meet at Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of the Cinch Express Lift (#8), at 3:00 p.m. Open to all, no registration necessary.
Beaver Creek Ski Patrol will host a free Beacon Training Class at Patrol Headquarters at 10 a.m. at the top of Cinch Express Lift. Includes beacon and route finding work for beginners and experienced backcountry enthusiasts in the Beacon Bowl training park. Please call (970) 754-6611 to sign up.
Beacon Challenge: Beacon Bowl Training Participants from the morning session can put their skills to the test for a Beacon Challenge near the lower Centennial Lift Line in the afternoon. The top Beacon times will have a chance to win backcountry gear including Beacons, Probes, Shovels, and other backcountry items.
Beaver Creek Yellow Jacket Safety Team will be rewarding safe skiers and riders in slow zones with complimentary hats.
TV 8 in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol and Pro Skier Chris Anthony will air a Skier Safety Code message.

Check RealVail and snow.com for updates as some scheduled events may change.

 

 

Comment on article  1 Comment on "Black Hawk and some smart dogs kick off National Safety Awareness Week activities at Beaver Creek"

 

Chris Koenig — January 21, 2009

Is it possible to get video footage from "off the hill" on January 17th?


Thanks,

Chris Koenig

 

 

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