Ski Vermont Supports National Safety Awareness Month
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Vermont resorts welcome skiers and riders to participate in National Safety Awareness Month this January. Resorts will host a variety of programs, promotions and events focusing on helmet use, the skiers’ and riders’ responsibility code, out-of-bounds skiing and terrain park safety. The National Ski Areas Association is also hosting a weekly poster contest and provides safety tips that can be applied nationwide. For more information on the program, please visit http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/national-safety-month/.
PHaT, Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain, is a helmet advocacy program supported by Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and works with the National Ski Patrol and other partners to encourage all skiers and riders to wear helmets so they have a safer experience on the slopes. Learn more and enter raffles to win a free helmet at upcoming PHAT Events:
- January 18th - Bromley Mountain Resort
- January 19th - Smugglers' Notch Resort
- January 25th - Bolton Valley Resort
- January 26th - Stowe Mountain Resort
- January 28th - Mad River Glen
- February 1st – Sugarbush Resort
- February 2nd - Jay Peak Resort
- March 4th - Okemo Mountain Resort
Vermont Ski Resorts are getting into the safety spirit. Here are a few of the initiatives and events that you’ll find at our resorts during National Safety Awareness month:
Along with National Ski Area Association, Killington Resort will be educating skiers and riders about slope safety awareness throughout the month of January by promoting Your Responsibility Code and Smart Style, plus offering special promotions and interactive displays to raise awareness.
Creation Station & Interactive Display - Look for the interactive display in Ramshead Base Lodge Saturdays and Sundays from January 11 through February 2, 2014 and daily January 18 through 26. Here kids can talk with Mountain Ambassadors, color safety themed posters and get their picture taken with Know the Code! Plus, take a safety awareness quiz, and maybe you'll walk away with some fun prizes. An assortment of safety awareness flyers, cards and stickers will be available throughout the resort.
Kids Raffle, Win a Helmet & Other Prizes - At the Creation Station located in Ramshead Base Lodge, kids can enter a raffle to win a free snow sports helmet and other prizes. Raffle will take place Saturdays and Sundays from January 11-February 2, 2014, plus Monday January 20 and Thursday & Friday, January 23-24, 2014.
Killington is also offering free lift tickets with the purchase of a helmet for National Safety Awareness Month.
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo celebrates National Safety Awareness Month with fun and educational activities focused on safety and awareness on the slopes. Some of the week’s highlights include Okemo’s “Helmet Head” contest (Jan. 19), Ski Patrol Sweep on select Saturdays, a visit from Vermont’s own PHAT (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) Team (January 20), and a Safety Scavenger Hunt (January 21).
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, “We’re excited to include our guests, employees and the local community in this year’s Safety Awareness Month,” says Kiri Moore, the resort’s safety director. “Our goal is to convey in a fun way how important safety awareness is to all of us.” Efforts will focus on helmet use and traumatic brain injury awareness, with a “Wear your helmet to work” day for employees and concussion prevention tips for ski patrol and ski school staff to share with guests. Afternoon activities for children in the resort’s Discovery Dynamos (ages 3-5) and Adventure Rangers (ages 6-10) full-day ski and ride programs will include snowsport safety videos. Visitors to Smugglers’ Base Lodge can enjoy posters illustrating helmet safety that were made by children in the local elementary school. (www.smuggs.com/skivtw; 855-814-7325)
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton works hard to implement and support programs centered on guest safety. Unique in the northeast is the Safety Education Session (SES) program, which educates park skiers and riders about safety procedures and precautions before they hit the terrain features. The SES program materials and test are available online. In Case of Emergency (ICE) is a contact registration program offered through the Carlos Otis Clinic to ensure that contact information is immediately available should there be an on-mountain emergency.Also, helmets are included in all rental packages so that even beginner or occasional skiers and riders can Live PHaT.Stratton.com features complete information on National Safety Awareness Week programs.
With thousands of acres of mountain playground from Lincoln Peak to Mt. Ellen, Sugarbush Resort is a place where adventurous souls can have some serious fun - but the responsibility to enjoy it safely is of paramount concern. At Sugarbush safety comes first. Whether you are exploring the Slide Brook backcountry, cruising groomers or dipping into one of 20 wooded areas on the trail map, make skiing and riding safely your top priority. Be sure to never ski or ride alone in wooded areas, always tell someone where you are skiing or riding and know how to get help in the case of an emergency
Sugarbush employees including Ski Patrol, Mountain Operations, Instructors and Ambassadors are available to answer any questions about how to stay safe while at Sugarbush. Mountain information can be found on our Snow Report and Sugarbush App that can help you safely navigate your way around the mountain. Importantly, guests of Sugarbush should know the Responsibility Code and while in the terrain parks practice the Smart Style program. Following these easy steps will help ensure all guests have a safe and enjoyable visit to Sugarbush.
Trapp Family Lodge
Equipment Safety is always a high priority when talking about National Safety Awareness. Equipment maintenance lies at the heart of any safe ski vacation. Regular use and its subsequent extended wear can damage equipment. Regular ski tuning is an essential component in keeping equipment in top operating condition. It keeps things running efficiently and reduces the risk of injury due to broken equipment. Trapp Family Lodge Cross Country Center offers equipment tuning, inspections, repairs, and parts replacement. www.trappfamily.com
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