We are kicking off January with promoting safe slopes for everyone. Regardless of how you enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others! Be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
One of the biggest things we recommend is wearing a helmet while skiing and snowboarding. While helmets have their limitations and are not the end all for safety, they certainly can help protect your most precious asset.
Safety Week is January 7-13 & 19th-21st, 2019
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! Join us for one week as we promote the best way to stay safe while on the mountain. 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.
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!
Safety Week Programs
January 12-13 & 19-21
Sit back and hold on! Our Safety Chair Simulator is back in the Valley for more action! Located next to our Valley First Aid building.
Kids can visit our moving Safety Chair Simulator (located in the Valley). Kids who participate in this Safety initiative will learn all about the importance of being ready to load and how to ride safely. Plus, stop by our Blue Crew booths for some safety tips and Blue Mountain Swag!
Bars for Bars
Mmmm Chocolate... Our Bars for Bars Program is a reward system for guests who are spotted using their lift restraint bar! Look for Mountain Host and Ski Patrol, they will be randomly visiting the tops of our lifts throughout the day, watching for guests who ride the lift safely and award those with a mini chocolate bar!
Please don't be a litter bug! Be sure to keep your candy wrapper and discard of it in a trash bin.
Happy Hunting & Stay Safe!
January 14-18 : Pick up a punch card at the ticket window and start hunting!
Kids K-12 will have the opportunity to participate in a mountain wide Ski Patrol Safety Scavenger Hunt. Participants must visit Ski Patrol on Paradise, Burma Road, at Top Shack and Valley First Aid; then have their card hole punched by Ski Patrol if they present the correct safety item. Safety items and scavenger hunt cards are distributed by the Ski Patrol at the four different locations.
Once their card is punched at all four locations, participants may redeem their card at the Guest Services window for a FREE Lift Ticket Voucher.
Vouchers are valid for one use through the end of the 2018/2019 season.
Calling All Young Artists! (ages 12 & under) Use your creativity to make a Safety Poster featuring an element of the Smart Style or Skier & Rider Responsibility Code, and enter it for a chance to win a Blue Mountain Season Pass! Blue Mountain's Winner will also be entered into the NSAA's Safety Poster Contest for a chance to be featured in their magazine!
- Safety Posters will also be available at The Blue Crew Tent Jan 12-13th & Jan. 19th-21st located at the base of the mountain, The Frontier Center, and Slopeside Pub and Grill starting Monday, January 7th.
- Posters must be submitted to Blue Mountain by Jan 26 to be considered for the contest!
Visit Blue Crew Safety Tent-
Blue Crew will be on-site to spread the good word about safety on the slopes and provide the following:
- Creation Station with crayons & markers for the NSAA Safety Poster Contest
Plus, special appearances by our mountain mascot Carver!
You could be a winner! Our Safety Trivia Game is a chance to show us your smarts in the Valley lift lines January 12-13th!
Mountain Host will be on-site to randomly select guests in line as our game contestants. Participants will be asked a series of safety questions. Each correct answer will result in a prize or the opportunity to trade in that prize for another, more challenging question. Participants can win all kinds of cool prizes!
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.