Every January, Vermont's ski and snowboard resorts participate in the National Ski Areas Association's National Safety Awareness Month to help ensure the safety of Vermont's mountain visitors both on and off the slopes. This year, skiers and riders in Vermont will find a variety of fun and informative safety initiatives at participating resorts.
“In years past, Vermont’s resorts have participated in the National Ski Areas Association’s National Safety Week, but now they have extended the effort to last the entire month of January,” said Ski Vermont Director of Marketing and Communications, Sarah Wojcik. “In doing this we have been able to expand our safety awareness efforts statewide and ensure that all skiers and snowboarders who visit Vermont are educated about safety practices and the importance of using common sense on the slopes. We want everyone to get out on the hill this season to make memories, have fun and be safe, and this month is dedicated to doing just that.”
Part of the nationwide initiative includes a poster drawing contest, a photo contest and a competition among participating resorts for safety awards. To learn more about the contests and enter to win visit, http://www.nsaa.org/safety-programs/national-safety-month/.
Here is a full list of Vermont Safety Awareness Month events and activities:
Bromley Mountain Resort
Keep it safe and keep it fun at Bromley Mountain this January, with NSAA’s National Safety Awareness Month and the annual poster coloring contest through local schools, plus a month long set up in the base lodge dedicated to Safety education and awareness on the mountain. Each Saturday in the month of January will feature an event hosted by different departments around the mountain where guests will have the opportunity to participate in activities like a mock accident with Ski Patrol. Bromley’s mascot Sunny will be on hand with all kinds of safety info and giveaways as well.
Killington Resort and Pico Mountain
The month of January is packed with safety initiatives at Killington Resort and Pico Mountain. Look for the interactive display in Ramshead Base Lodge Saturdays and Sundays from January 7 - 29, 2017, plus Monday January 16, 2017. There, kids can talk with Mountain Ambassadors, color safety-themed posters covering the seven points of Your Responsibility Code, and get their picture taken with Know the Code! Plus, take a safety awareness quiz, decorate a helmet cover and walk away with some fun prizes. 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. To learn more about the full list of activities and offerings visit, http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/things-to-know/national_safety_awareness_week.
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 16. 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 22, 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
Smugglers’ Notch Resort celebrates Safety Awareness Month in January 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 week. To raise awareness of helmet safety, the popular “Wear your helmet to work” day for employees, now in its fourth 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 Smugglers’ Base Lodge 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 winner being awarded a Smugglers’ Notch Season Pass. To learn more visit, www.smuggs.com/skivtw or call 855-814-7325.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Learn how to be safe on and off the hill during Stratton’s National Safety Awareness Month. Each week will have a separate focus, such as park safety, lift education, trail safety and the responsibility code and feature safety raffle prizes from Smith Helmets in the Base Lodge.
Participate in special safety events all month long at Sugarbush Resort. Start with Meet the Wildlife Experts on Sunday, January 15, Know the Code Activities with Murphy Moose and Ski & Ride Team on Saturday, January 21, and Meet the Ski Patrol Toboggan Rides on Saturday, January 28. The Sugarbush Ski and Ride School will also be holding activities like Helmet Safety Decorating, a Blazers Flash Mob with Murphy Moose and a John Egan Safety Presentation for Blazers. To learn more about the events visit http://www.sugarbush.com/events-calendar/.