Copper Mountain Safety Fest

It’s doesn’t hurt to be safe. Stop by the Copper Safety stations from 9am - 2:30pm to learn about our newest safety initiatives. Come see the Flight for Life Helicopter, Avalanche Dog Demo, help close the mountain with Ski Patrol Sweeps, and stop by all the safety tents to enter our daily prizes drawing.

Sat Jan 18 - Mon Jan 20 - 9am - 4pm in Center Village at Copper

Copper Mountain Safety Fest Returns!


Daily Schedule of Events

  • 9am  - 2:30pm : Safety Fest tents open
  • 10am : Flight for Lift Helicopter Flyover (Saturday only, at Patrol Headquarters)
  • 11am and 12:30pm : Daily Avalanche Dog Demos
  • 1:30pm : Daily Prize Drawing
  • 4pm : Ski Patrol Sweeps - Close the mountain with Ski Patrol at 4pm daily. Spaces are limited, sign up at the National Ski Patrol Booth in Center village
  • All Day : Open House and Hot Chocolate at Patrol Headquarters and Timberline Patrol Room
  • 10am and 1pm: Join Resort Ambassador and Ski Patrol for mountain tour (meet at the hut by Solitude)


Community & Copper Mountain Participants

  • National Ski Patrol : toboggan demonstrations, and deep snow safety tips, sweeps sign up
  • Fix It Tune Shop : equipment check and $5 wax
  • US Forest Service : Learn about our National Forest and meet Smokey the Bear
  • SnowCat Operations : snow cats operations, grooming and safety around these machines
  • Copper Fire Department : fire education and awareness
  • Summit County Rescue Group : backcountry/sidecountry awareness, beacon training
  • Copper Mountain Safety Patrol : Kid’s Emergency Contact Cards, hydration, ski with a buddy, protect your grill - look uphill, Know the Code
  • Copper Mountain Ski Patrol and the Avalanche Dogs-daily demonstrations in Center Village and hot cocoa at on-hill ski patrol stations
  • Woodward at Copper : progression and Smartsytle awareness in the terrain parks
  • St. Anthony Copper Clinic : helmet awareness with Think First Campaign
  • Flight For Life : meet the staff and tour the helicopter at Patrol Headquarters, Sunday only
  • CAIC - Airbag Demonstrations and avalanche awareness


Safety Fest Highlights

  • Flight for Life Helicopter which will land at Patrol Headquarters located above Excelerator Lift, at 11 am.
  • Avalanche Dog drills in the Burning Stones Plaza daily at 10:30am and 12:30pm
  • Open house and hot cocoa at Patrol Headquarters and Timberline Patrol all day long
  • Ski Patrol Sweeps- help ski patrol close down the mountain 4 p.m. at Timberline Patrol (sign up with at the National Ski Patrol booth-limited number of spots available)
  • Huge daily prize drawings at 1:30pm in Copper’s Center   
  • En Fuego – A free street party in the Village, Saturday evening Jan. 18th
  • WinterBike, Copper's third annual snow bike race on Saturday evening Jan. 18th


About Safety Fest

Copper Mountain has won top awards the last three seasons and last year received “Best Overall Safety Program” for a large resort in the nation by the National Ski Areas Association.    

With NSAA’s Annual Safety Awareness Month in January, Copper is excited to have the entire month   to showcase their season-long safety programs.   The large and popular event of Safety Fest held on January 18th, 19th and 20th is an opportunity for community and industry safety entities to join Copper Mountain and share their knowledge and safety tips.    

New this year for Copper is two great programs!  Copper is excited to promote mountain intelligence and safety messaging through their new app called Sherpa.   Wearing one earbud and plugged into your smartphone, Sherpa delivers terrain updates, secret stash updates and tips on how to stay safe on the slopes.

The second new program is our Siesta Zones or rest areas.  These are nylon fenced areas on the mountain where guests can pull behind and get out of the main stream of skiers to rest their legs, adjust their equipment, etc. These Siesta Zones will be located throughout the mountain in high-interest areas.   

We our continuing and building on our “Protect Your Grill, Look Uphill” campaign. With pins, stickers and signage throughout the Resort, this initiative’s goal has and continues to increase awareness while skiing to avoid collisions. Copper continues to focus on safe skiing and riding with their “Heads Up” and “Slow Top to Bottom” banners. With new signage on the slopes and website this helps support Copper’s Mountain Safety Patrol whose job is to influence skiers/riders to ski in control and within their ability! Copper’s new trail map better delineates Slow Skiing Zones and Family Zones at the Resort.  Our focus on hydration, skiing with a buddy and the importance of wearing helmets continue to be important safety messages.  In the mazes or our lifts you will see maze rack covers with these symbols.  Guests can learn more about these topics and obtain free water and fun safety stickers from the booths.  Kids will also love to pick up trading cards of their favorite Copper Mountain Avalanche Dogs.

While visiting Safety Fest don’t miss Frisco and Silverthorne Elementary’s  artwork hanging in   Jack’s Cafeteria. Last year we had a national winner from Silverthorne Elementary based on her artwork on “Stay in Control.” The students’ assignment is to create art based on “Your Responsibility Code”.          

Copper is fortunate to be able to team up with many community safety organizations who will participate in Copper’s family-friendly Safety Fest. They will be sharing a tip or two about safety from the village to the slopes. Get your Safety Fest raffle credential  from Copper personnel or at the “Copper Safety Zone” tent, visit all the tents and be entered into the daily drawing at 1:30p.m each day.  Prizes and giveaways  worth more than $ 10,000 include lodging at Copper, Private Tucker Snow Cat trip, Tubing passes, ski tunes, Copper Season Pass, Snow Day Pass, day Lift tickets, athletic club passes, golf for four, helmets, hydration packs and more! Guests must be present to win.