A Seasonal Safety Message

As we enter this season and the holidays, our resorts are busy and the guests are buzzing with excitement to be on some of the best early season conditions in memory. 


When I think about the season ahead, I am grateful for all of you and the work you do in providing an Experience of a Lifetime for our guests. And, as this season spins up, it is important not to let our excitement to enjoy the mountain overwhelm our responsibility around safety.

This message provides you critical information to keep safety a part of your job every day, on and off the slopes and all season:

  • A look at the 2015-2016 Slope Safety Video (Password: BeSafe) reminding us of the best ways to keep ourselves and our guests safe.
  • The Skier Responsibility Code and expectations around your skiing/riding conduct both on and off the job to keep you, and those around you, safe.

Play It Safe. Play All Season. and what this means to each and every one of us.  

2015-2016 Slope Safety Video

As the leader in slope safety, we strive everyday to improve slope safety for ourselves and our guests. Please watch the 2015-2016 Slope Safety video and remember to follow these guidelines all season long.

https://vimeo.com/147239224
 to access the video (Password: BeSafe).

Your Responsibility Code

We know that skiing and riding are fun, but they also involve risks. We need all of our guests, and especially our employees, to ski within their limitations and to take personal  responsibility for their actions at all times while on the mountain. We have zero tolerance for anyone skiing or riding irresponsibly or acting inappropriately.

Breaking a slope safety guideline – even during your non-work hours – can result in serious implications for your employment. If you are involved in a collision, get stopped by an on-duty mountain employee (like our Mountain Safety Team) for violating slope safety, you may lose your skiing/riding privileges and face potential disciplinary action up to, and including, employment termination.

Keep the following responsibility code in mind to keep safe at our resorts:

1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

4. Whenever starting downhill or merging onto a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.


Remember, as a member of our team, safety should always be on your mind whether you are on the job or just on the mountain. Before you head out to the slopes, make a commitment to safety. 

 

Play It Safe. Play All Season.

As you know, we place the highest value on the safety of our guests and employees. Two years ago, we launched the Play It Safe. Play All Season. slope safety guest-facing campaign. I am happy to share that our efforts have yielded positive results and we will continue the program again this year to elevate the guest and employee experience on the mountain by communicating how all mountain users can ski and snowboard more responsibly and still have a great time.

From an internal perspective, our goal is to eliminate lost time incidents from the workplace. To be successful, every one of us must contribute. We encourage you to take an active role in making this a safe place to work and play – this is our Journey to Zero (lost time incidents).


No matter what your job is here at Vail Resorts, you play an important role in our safety journey. Help us keep other employees, our guests and, of course, yourself safe in all activities – we want everyone to be able to Play It Safe. Play All Season.

I hope these simple reminders help to provide you, your family and our guests a safe and fun Experience of a Lifetime. Enjoy our resorts and my wishes for a safe and healthful holiday season.

Pat
Pat Campbell

Mountain Division President