Blue Mountain emphasizes the importance of safety on the slopes everyday, but especially in January, the National Ski Areas Association's official Safety Month!
Spread the Good Word
Every year, the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) encourages resorts across the country to spread the good word about safety. Last year, NSAA decided that National Safety Week should be National Safety Month! Meaning, the entire month of January is dedicated to educating skiers, riders & tubers on the importance of snow-sport safety and to always use common-sense while on the slopes! Click here to learn about the NSAA.
Blue Mountain won the Best Overall Safety Program out of hundreds of resorts in 2013!
On a national level, Safety Month includes a Poster Drawing Contest, a Photo Contest, and participating resorts also compete for safety awards. Each resort supports Safety Month in different ways by creating new and exciting activities on their mountain!
Know the Code
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.