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Skiing: Vail Resorts boosts ski slope safety efforts

Play it Safe campaign aims to reduce accidents by encouraging more compliance with skier responsibility code

Vail Resorts will expand skier and snowboarder safety program.

By Bob Berwyn

VAIL — Vail Resorts is beefing up its mountain-safety programs at all six of the company’s ski areas, with more personnel and greater visibility aimed at enforcing the on-mountain rules of skiing and snowboarding.

After an audit last year, the program’s enforcement component has been strengthened, requiring skiers and snowboarders who have their pass revoked to attend an overhauled safety awareness class.

“Our guests have been telling us that safety is a key component of their mountain experience, and their comfort level on the mountain relative to safety is one of the most important things we can affect,” said Blaise Carrig, co-president of Vail Resorts’ mountain division. “Because of this, we’re launching the Play It Safe campaign across our resorts to encourage locals, destination guests and employees alike to ski and snowboard responsibly so that everyone can have fun on the mountain all season long.

Veteran Denver trial lawyer Jim Chalat reinforced Carrig’s observation on customer demand. More and more skiers are choosing their ski vacation destinations with safety as a primary consideration, said Chalat, who has a national reputation for handling ski injury cases. Continue reading

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Summit Voice most-viewed stories

Eclipse over Buffalo Mountain.

Rescue story and eclipse coverage top the list

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — A local story zoomed to the top of the most-viewed list last week, thanks to tons of social media love via Facebook, Twitter and re-posting in the search and rescue community. Thanks, all! A preview story on the lunar eclipse last weekend and the subsequent photo essay on the eclipse were ranked second and third, with another global warming story right behind that. Matt Krane’s riff on an informative avalanche talk also picked up some traffic, and we rounded out the list with some marine science and weather stories. Click, read and share via your own social media network.

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Shaun White bests field in Dew Tour superpipe comp

Kelly Clark edges out Gretchen Bleiler in women’s contest

Breckenridge superpipe Dew Tour 2011

Going big in the Breckenridge superpipe on Peak 8. PHOTO BY DYLAN BERWYN.

Breckenridge halfpipe Dew Tour 2011

Amplitude!

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Kelly Clark out-dueled Gretchen Bleiler in a big air battle in Breckenridge Saturday afternoon, winning the women’s superpipe final by one point, 91.25 to 90.25 after both veteran U.S. riders put down clean and technical rides through the 22-foot pipe on Peak 8. Eighteen-year-old Xuetong Cai, of China, took third, scoring an 85.

No big surprises in the men’s superpipe comp either, as Shaun White bested Louie Vito and Yuri Podladchikov.

In the superpipe men’s ski event, Kevin Rollard, of France, outscored Justin Dorey and Duncan Adams as the only skier to top 90 points in the event.

Full results at the Dew Tour website. For the best coverage, check out Devon O’Neil’s stories at ESPN.com.

Video by Dylan Berwyn

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