Safety Week Recap and Tips
The National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) has declared the month of January National Safety Month and resorts all over the country are participating in the promotion of mountain safety. This year, Blue Mountain Resort is encouraging skiers, riders and tubers to get educated during Safety Week, which takes place January 6th to the 12th and January 17th to the 19th. Blue Mountain Resort will have loads of fun and educational activities for you to participate in. While the month of January is focused on the promotion of safety, it is important for all skiers, riders and tubers to practice safety all ski-season long and have fun while doing it!
What you should know:
The Skier & Rider Responsibility Code of Conduct
- Always stay in control.
- People ahead of you have the right of way.
- Stop in a safe place for you and others.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
- Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe signs & warnings and keep off closed trails.
- Know how to use the lifts safely.
Smart Style for Freestyle Terrain
- Make A Plan – every time you use freestyle terrain, make a plan for each feature you want to use. Your speed, approach and take off will directly affect your maneuver and landing.
- Look Before You Leap – scope around the jumps first, not over them. Know landings are clear and clear yourself out of the landing area immediately.
- East Style It – start small and work your way up (inverted aerials are not recommended).
- Respect Gets Respect – from the lift line and throughout the parks, do it.
Use of Helmets on the Slopes
One of the biggest recommendations for skiing and riding is to protect your head and wear a helmet! However, it is important to note that wearing a helmet should not be your only form of practicing safety. For more information on helmet use, check out Lids On Kids.
According to The High Fives Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing life-changing injuries, there are three important rules to follow when riding the lift:
- Always put the bar down, no matter what age you are.
- Sit way back until you safely exit.
- Follow all mountain chairlift rules so you can have more fun skiing.
In addition to this, you must pay attention to the signage on and around the chairlift and backpacks must be placed on your lap or on the seat next to you.
It is important that every skier and rider pay attention to their surroundings and stay alert! This applies to all trails from beginner to expert.
For more information on collision safety, check out these tips from The National Safety Council.
Tree Well & Deep Snow Safety
Skiers and riders should NEVER be on closed trails or trails that have not been groomed! When engaging in this dangerous behavior, you increase your risk of snow immersion suffocation (SIS).
For more information on the dangers of tree wells and deep snow, please visit deepsnowsafety.org.
Sun Safe on the Slopes
Sunburn in the winter?! Even if it is cold outside or the sun is not shining, protecting yourself from UV rays should be a top priority. Make sure to grab some sunscreen and protect your eyes as well!
For more information on how to be sun safe on the slopes, read this article from Care in the Sun.
Paying attention to signs posted around the mountain is a key factor in having fun and being safe. You will need a trail map to determine your location on the mountain and identify the level of difficulty for each trail you encounter.
All trails are color/shape coordinated to their level of difficulty:
Green Circle: Beginner
Blue Square: Intermediate
Black Diamond: Expert
Double Black Diamond: Expert, use extra caution on these trails
Orange Oval: Freestyle Terrain
Learn more helpful facts and tips from the National Ski Areas Association.
What’s going on at the mountain this weekend:
- Chair Simulator
Safety Week at Blue Mountain Resort will feature a moving chair lift simulator in the Valley next to the Valley First Aid building. You can learn how to load, ride and unload the lift safely. You can also swing by the Blue Crew booth for extra safety tips and score some Blue Mountain swag!
- Bars for Bars
You can get rewarded for practicing safety! While riding the lift, make sure to put the bar down for safety purposes and your taste-buds will thank you. Mountain Hosts and Ski Patrol are giving out sweet rewards to anyone spotted riding the lift with their safety bar down.
Times are this weekend 10am-2pm.
3. Retail Discounts
Save on safety! All protective gear will be discounted for 10% off at the True Blue Mountain Sports Shop.
Safety Week Highlights:
- Video Contest
We held a video contest to help bring awareness to safety on the mountain! The contest asked participants to film a short video featuring one element of the Skier and Rider Responsibility Code of Conduct. Our winner chose to show off rule number 6: observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
Congratulations to Jason Deloge on winning the contest!
Check out the winner's video here!
2. Ski Patrol Interview
WFMZ promoted the importance of safety on the slopes by conducting interviews around the mountain with reporter Bo Koltnow.
Check out the video and article here.
3. Bars for Bars
Guests spotted riding the lifts with their safety bars down received some sweet candy bars from Ski Patrol and Mountain Hosts! Check out these awesome photos of them together! Don't forget: this event will continue this weekend!
4. Scavenger Hunt
Ski Patrol conducted a mountain-wide scavenger hunt for all guests! All guests who completed the hunt received a FREE lift ticket voucher for the 2019/2020 season! The scavenger hunt will continue this week up until the 17th, check out more information on the hunt here.
Safety Week at Blue Mountain Resort is the perfect opportunity to learn how to be safe and have fun! We'll see YOU on the mountain!
Published January 14th, 2020