National Safety Awareness Month All Year Long

National Safety Awareness Month All Year Long


January was National Safety Awareness Month and to celebrate our Ski Patrol offered a range of safety reminders and incentives all month long but if you missed it here’s a look at what our red jacket heroes are up to on the mountain all season long and some of their favorite tips!

What are some of the safety related activities of Ski Patrol?

Patrol does several things, including trail/lift checks, placing signage in “slow skiing areas” and fencing in areas of high congestion and cross traffic.  Our patrol also uses gating on terrain that is “thin cover” or extremely difficult in an attempt to inform skiers and riders of potential conditions ahead— getting the message out prior to entering the terrain is important to both give fare warning and to keep skiers and riders off terrain above their level.  Ski Patrol also enforces the Skiers Responsibility Code through education and awareness.  

What are a few of your favorite tips for staying safe on the slopes?

Know the entire Responsibility Code:

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way.  It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off of closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Finally, “Respect Gets Respect” is a good adage to live by.

When should guests contact ski patrol for assistance, and how do they get in touch with patrollers?

Guests are welcome to stop by at any First Aid warming hut to alert Ski Patrol of any concerns. These locations are clearly marked on our Trail Map. Also, the fastest ways to get help is to call us at 802-422-1243 or tell a resort employee, and it’s important to be able to give a clear location of the injured person. Patrollers wear red jackets with white crosses; don’t be afraid to spark a conversation or alert us of a concern. If you’re a frequent skier or rider with us, it’s not a bad idea to save this number in your contacts.

What’s some specific advice about keeping children safe while skiing/riding?

Helmets, helmets, helmets!  It’s important to wear a sport specific helmet while also making sure kids understand the limitations of helmets. Second, it’s important to be educated—take a lesson and don’t ski above your ability. Third, kids should remember to be cautious while in the Terrain Park: TV highlights the best athletes in the sport and they make it look easy. Kids of all ages come to the mountain and attempt to emulate these professional athletes without proper training and they can get hurt.

How do you remind guests that being safe equals having fun?

Skiing and riding is all about the experience. Being in the mountains, carving turns, skiing a steep long bump run, skiing an aggressive line down a gladed trail—these are all reasons why we love this sport.  But more importantly, it’s about sharing these experiences with friends and family. It’s no fun if someone one gets hurt. 

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