Terrain Access Policy
Everyone should have a look at this policy, but it is especially imperative for you to review it if you intend to use Cooper’s terrain outside of normal operating hours, or by any means other than our passenger tramway system.
The Uphill Access Policy will be revised for the 2020-21 Season. Please check back before the season begins.
Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Ski Cooper (“Resort”) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, without prior written authorization from the Resort. To read the entire Drone Policy, please click the link above to Cooper’s Terrain Access Policy, wherein the full Drone Policy is located.
Under Colorado law, a skier assumes the risk of any injury to person or property resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing and may not recover from any ski area operator for any injury resulting from any of the inherent dangers and risks of skiing including: Changing weather conditions, existing and changing snow conditions; bare spots; rocks; stumps; trees; collision with natural objects, man-made objects or other skiers; variations in terrain; and the failure of skiers to ski within their own abilities. The Ski Safety Act includes, CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
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Ski / Snowboard (verb): the act of sliding downhill on snow strapped to waxed wooden planks / plank for sport or recreation.
Skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous, and there are inherent risks involved. You can help to keep yourself and others around you safe by following the tenets of Cooper’s SLIDE IN CONTROL program.
PLAN AHEAD – Be knowledgeable of snow conditions and trail closings before hitching a ride to the top of the mountain.
WEAR A HELMET – Donning proper headgear has been shown to offer a degree of protection from head injuries.
READ THE SIGNS – Spot, read, and obey all signage both in the base area and on the mountain; signs exist to help you, not to restrict you.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS – Don’t be overconfident, make proper trail selections based on your actual ability level, not the Olympic level you dream about.
KEEP YOUR HEAD ON A SWIVEL – Be alert for, and spot other skiers and riders around you, as well as objects.
CONTROL YOURSELF – Maintain safe speeds and distances from other skiers/riders and objects so that you are able to slow down or stop to avoid collisions.
TAKE A BREAK – Take a timeout to rest, hydrate, and eat even before you start to feel thirsty and fatigued. And don’t overexert yourself for that “one last run” at the end of the day.
SKI SAFETY ACT – Read it and understand your duties as a “skier” in the state of Colorado.
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
KNOW THE CODE: IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
THIS IS A PARTIAL LIST.
BE SAFETY CONSCIOUS.
together to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks across the
country. Please visit the www.TerrainParkSafety.org for a comprehensive look at the
Smart Style program.
Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Points:
START SMALL – Work your way up. Build your skills.
MAKE A PLAN – Every feature. Every time.
ALWAYS LOOK – Before you drop.
RESPECT – The features and other users.
TAKE IT EASY – Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Here’s what they mean:
Green Circle: Easier
Blue Square: More Difficult
Black Diamond: Most Difficult
Double-Black Diamond: Most Difficult, use extra caution
Orange Oval: Freestyle Terrain.
You’ll find them on trail maps and posted on signs on the mountain. The same trail symbols are used at every resort in the country, but as Albert Einstein must have said, “It’s all relative.” A Green Circle trail at Jackson Hole, Wyo., might be as tough as a Blue Square at Sunlight, Colo. Not a big deal. The trail ratings are consistent within each resort. So all the “Greens” at a ski area will be about the same difficulty, as will the “Blues” and the “Blacks.”
Before you ride a lift during your first few days, make sure you can handle the trails at the top. Some skiers think they can improve by skiing tough terrain when their skills aren’t up to that level, but that’s a good way to get hurt. Instead, take a lesson. Check your trail map and make sure the trail symbols off of that lift fit your ability. If you have any questions or need directions, go talk to a lift attendant or anyone in a resort uniform. “What’s the easiest way down?” “Where’s the closest groomed trail?” “What’s the capital of New Guinea?” They want you to have fun nearly as much as you do.