B$Z: January is National Ski Safety Awareness Month
Ski and snowboard resorts across Vermont participate every year in the National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA) sponsored National Safety Awareness Month to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes. In January, Vermont resorts host a variety of events and contests including scavenger hunts, helmet head contests, raffles, films and more. See a full listing below or at skivermont.com.
This season Ski Vermont’s All Mountain Mamas teamed up with the University of Vermont Medical Center to educated parents, skiers and riders all about ski health and safety. Check out their collaborations:
Elementary students nationwide can participate in NSAA’s safety awareness poster contest. Students are asked to create a poster related to any one of the seven points in "Your Responsibility Code." Winners will be chosen and prizes will be awarded in March 2016. More details and safety tips can be found at nsaa.org.
Here is a full list of Safety Awareness Month events and efforts in Vermont:
Bromley Mountain celebrates Safety Awareness month all month long with outreach to local schools, as well as great events every weekend in January. All local school kids participating in the JISP ski & snowboard programs have a chance to enter the national NSAA Poster Contest, with winners announced on January 30. Festivities kick off at the resort on January 9 with Ski Patrol hosting a mock ski accident, complete with toboggan ride and trips to First Aid. January 16 we’ll have a little fun with Warren Miller lift video screenings in the base lodge, mixing the funny stuff with some serious lift safety talk.
Mount Snow is refreshing safety awareness signs throughout the resort using humor and photos to successfully convey safety messages. The resort will visit local schools to discuss “Your Responsibility Code” and terrain park safety. Local students as well as those at ski school will participate in the NSAA Safety Poster Contest. Kids can take part in the “Your Responsibility Code” scavenger hunt on beginner terrain. Mount Snow has also been working on a new Chairlift Safety Program and as always, ambassadors and ski patrol will encourage skiing and riding etiquette and the signature “Go With The Flow” safety campaign.
Okemo commemorates National Safety Awareness Month by hosting Vermont’s own PHAT team (Protect Your Head at All Times) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 18. The Vermont Snow Sports Research Team, a partnership of Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine will be on location to help educate skiers and riders about helmet use. On Sunday, Jan. 24, Okemo’s photo team will be out and about in search of the best Helmet Head. Okemo’s annual Helmet Head Contest is a celebration of the matted mess of hair that occurs only when skiers and riders remove that most important piece of safety equipment – their helmet.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort celebrates Safety Awareness Month in January with activities for employees, guests and the local community. According to safety director Kiri Moore, who leads the resort’s safety team, “Our goal is to develop initiatives that convey in a fun way how important safety awareness is to all of us.” To raise awareness of helmet safety, the popular “Wear your helmet to work” day for employees, now in its third year, will take place on January 14. Ski school and patrol staff have been through Fit for Snow training focusing on nutrition and personal fitness to stay healthy and injury free; department ambassadors will continue this effort with outreach through the season. Activities for children in the resort’s full-day ski and ride programs will focus on lift safety. Visitors to Smugglers’ Base Lodge can enjoy posters made by children in the local elementary school illustrating the themes of “Your responsibility code” and “Park smart.” (www.smuggs.com/skivtw; 855-814-7325)
Stowe Mountain Resort staff created their ‘Share the Slope’ program to help reduce the number of skiing and snowboarding collisions on the mountain. The unique program serves as a reminder to be courteous of others while understanding mountain etiquette. Responsibility codes and other important on-hill messages will be displayed on select staff uniforms, on-snow banners and signage throughout the resort. The Share the Slope program heightens guest awareness, expresses courtesy of others, and encourages an understanding of “your responsible code”, “Heads up”, “Smart Style” and Stowe’s Triple A(s) when out enjoying the slopes.
Sugarbush Resort will be running several different themed events throughout National Safety Month. The Ski & Ride School will host educational activities for children weekly including helmet safety, chairlift safety, and park safety. The resort will also hold weekly guest activities including Meet the Ski Patrol on January 9th, Meet the Snowmakers & Groomers on January 17th, Meet the Parks Team on January 23rd, and Meet the Fish & Game Warden on January 30th. Each of these events will also have a kids and family activity station including the High Fives Basics Film, coloring, crafts, hot chocolate, and snacks. The resort will also have helmet discounts, discounted equipment function tests, and weekly employee activities to maintain the connection between personal safety and the commitment to guest safety. Finally, the resort will be participating in the NSAA Poster Contest throughout the month, with materials provided around the resort for those who want to participate.
Learn how to be safe on and off the hill during Stratton’s National Safety Awareness Month. Ursa the safety bear will visit Jr. Snow School throughout the month teaching about the importance of wearing a helmet and other safety tips. Each week will have a separate focus, such as park safety, lift education, trail safety and the responsibility code. Stop by the safety patrol table in the Base Lodge for safety pamphlets and helmet raffles!