Activity Risk Statement
All participants of Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) programs will be required to follow BOEC’s policies and procedures and will be required to sign a Waiver and Release of Liability Agreement and Letter of Informed Consent prior to or upon their arrival.
BOEC is a non-profit organization that has been in operation since 1976, providing outdoor adventure and experiential education programs for people of all ages and abilities. We offer activities and programs for groups and individuals throughout the year through our Adaptive Ski and Snowboard Program and Wilderness Programs. BOEC strives to structure its activities to address the specific goals and abilities of all participants.
All activities conducted by BOEC are consistent with the standards set out by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA). You can be confident in knowing that BOEC is accredited by AEE, an outside, independent organization that has reviewed and approved BOEC’s policies, practices and educational components. BOEC regularly reviews and updates risk protocols and procedures to ensure, to the best of our ability, the safety of participants, staff and volunteers.
It is important to know that participation in BOEC activities involves risk. While providing high quality programs in a risk-managed environment is a priority at BOEC, we cannot eliminate all risks in the outdoor adventure activities we offer. These activities can result in a serious or fatal injury.
To help to manage these risks it is very important that all program participants follow all directions given by BOEC staff. Please ask questions whenever a procedure or activity is unclear to you. Use of or being under the influence of alcohol or judgment affecting drugs while participating in adventure activities is unsafe and strictly prohibited.
It is of utmost importance to us that you not engage in activities that are opposed by you, your family, or your doctor due to illness, physical or mental infirmity, or any other health/medical condition that you may have, whether diagnosed or undiagnosed.
We believe that it is in everyone’s interest that risks are disclosed, understood, and accepted prior to participation at BOEC. As a participant and/or the parent or legal guardian of a participant, you will receive and will be asked to sign the Waiver & Release of Liability Agreement.
If you have any questions or comments about this Release, or the level of risk at BOEC, please do not hesitate to contact us. We welcome your questions, suggestions and feedback.
Colorado Ski Safety Act
The Colorado legislature, recognizing risks that are inherent in the sport, has passed the Colorado Ski Safety Act which provides inherent risks of the sport and relative responsibilities of the “skier” and the ski area. You must obey the Act. Under the Act, any person using the facilities of a ski area is considered a skier. A summary of the inherent risks is listed below:
A full version of the Colorado Ski Safety Act is available here.
Warning: 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
- Collisions 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 was amended in 2004 to include CLIFFS, EXTREME TERRAIN, JUMPS AND FREESTYLE TERRAIN as inherent dangers and risks of the sport.
As a DSUSA chapter, BOEC requires helmets be worn by all participants for all on-mountain ski and snowboard activities.