Safety stressed with many mountain-bound this weekend

Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
POSTED: 10:57 PM MST Feb 08, 2013    UPDATED: 11:20 PM MST Feb 08, 2013 
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The masses are headed to the mountains this weekend. Experts warn, though, that the same conditions that make the mountains perfect for skiing make them dangerous.

At The Ski Shop in Colorado Springs, they've seen a spike in rentals ahead of the weekend. Many people are headed to resorts for up to a foot and a half of fresh snow expected over the next three days.

Experts said you always have to consider safety on the slopes, like wearing a helmet and making sure your ski bearings have been checked recently.

In the back country, there's another safety checklist to worry about.

"We recommend if you are going into the back country that you have the knowledge and the experience," said Rick Uhl, owner of The Ski Shop. "That's why most people get hurt, because they generally don't belong back there."

Experts also recommend safety tools like an airbag or avalanche beacon if you're testing the back side of the mountains.

You can get familiar with the area you plan on visiting through the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website.