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Ski Vermont Honors National Safety Awareness Month with New Video Series

Vermont’s ski and snowboard resorts are once again participating in the nationwide initiative set forth by the National Ski Areas Association to keep visitors safe on the slopes, National Safety Awareness Month. Once a week-long initiative, National Safety Awareness was extended to encompass the entire month of January to help educate skiers and snowboarders about the importance of being safe and in control while on the mountain.
 
To help promote this nationwide initiative, Ski Vermont has created a series of informative and fun videos, hosted by “That Guy” to educate viewers on the seven points of NSAA’s Responsibility Code. Follow Ski Vermont on YouTube or Facebook to see new videos throughout the month of January.
 
Throughout the month, visitors will also find a range of fun and educational safety events at Vermont’s resorts. In addition to the individual events at each resort, skiers and snowboarders can also participate in a national poster drawing contest and a photo contest. Submissions for these contests can be sent in through the National Ski Areas Association website.
 
Here is a full list of Safety Awareness Month events and activities at Vermont resorts:
 
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Smugglers’ Notch Resort celebrates Safety Awareness Month with activities for employees, guests, and the local community. Smugglers’ loves working with NSAA and Ski Vermont to promote safety through various initiatives spread throughout the weeks. To raise awareness of helmet safety, the popular “Wear your helmet to work” day for employees, now in its fifth year, will take place during the first week of January and will be promoted using social media. Week two will focus on chairlift safety and will be primarily geared toward kids. Week three takes an approach toward terrain park safety with a focus on Park Smart. The last week in January sees a focus on the Skier and Riders’ Responsibility Code. 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. Visitors to the Smugglers’ area can enjoy posters made by children in the local elementary school illustrating the themes of “Your Responsibility Code” and “Park Smart.” The posters are created for a contest, with the winners being awarded a Smugglers’ Notch Season Pass, Smugglers’ Gold, and more.
 
Sugarbush Resort
Participate in special safety events all month long at Sugarbush Resort. Learn about mountain safety with Meet the Ski Patrol and Toboggan Rides on Saturday, January 20 and learn about mountain wildlife and their habitats with Meet the Wildlife Experts on Saturday, January 27. 
 
Killington and Pico Mountain 
The month of January is packed with safety initiatives at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain every Saturday and Sunday. New this year, look for an après ski giveaway including helmets and Killington swag, a ski safety awareness video and catch a chat with a ski patroller over coffee and doughnuts from 9:00 am to 10:00 am in the K-1 Lodge. This year’s initiative is to reach avid skiers and riders in addition to beginners and children to promote safe speeds and collision awareness. Killington Resort is also donating art supplies to Killington Elementary for a poster contest directed at skier safety and the interactive display is back in the Ramshead Base Lodge Saturdays and Sundays through the month. An assortment of safety awareness flyers, cards and stickers will be available throughout the resort. Out on the hill, ambassadors, patrollers and instructors will be handing out Know the Code stickers and cards, Smart Style stickers and a Freestyle Terrain User’s Guide to guests. Plus, some ambassadors will wear bright yellow jackets that display important safety awareness messages based on Your Responsibility Code and give away prizes to guests who successfully answer a safety awareness quiz.
 
Okemo Mountain Resort
Okemo commemorates National Safety Awareness Month by promoting Vermont’s own PHAT team (Protect Your Head at All Times) from 10 am to 1 pm, on January 15. 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 helps educate skiers and riders about helmet use. On Sunday, January 21, 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.
 
Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton’s 2017 Safety Month programming earned the resort its seventh National Ski Area Association safety award and this year’s line-up is based on Stratton’s friendly, informative approach reflected in the Play Safe, Play Smart, Enjoy the Mountain campaign. Each week of January 2018 will offer programming with a unique focus, including helmet safety, lift education, lifts and trails and the responsibility code with weekly raffle prizes from Smith Helmets.  Activities such as scavenger hunts with prizes, AED and CPR trainings, coloring contests, samples from related partners, and movie nights occur throughout the month all reinforcing key components of a safe ski and ride experience.
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