National Ski Area Association Safety Awareness Week

The National Ski Area Association partnered with the National Ski Patrol, the Professional Ski Instructors of America, American Association of Snowboard Instructors, and Willis and AIG Insurance companies to promote safety education for all of those that love and enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The Safety Initiative Campaign is a joint effort to get more awareness out about ski and snowboard safety, and this week, January 16, 2010 through January 22, 2010, was declared National Ski Area Association Safety Awareness Week. The primary goal of all of the events that are taking place this week across ski areas in the nation is to further reduce the frequency of accidents and unify those in the industry and those that love the sports to focus more on proactive safety. Throughout the ski resorts and ski shops in our country this week you will find educational events that revolve around snow safety, Ski Patrol open houses, and vouchers and coupons for premium safety equipment, including helmets.

One of the biggest reasons for accidents out on the slopes is that skiers and riders are not paying attention to the safety signage posted all around the slopes. As always, you should read the Skier/Rider Responsibility Code and be well aware of all signs around the resort at which you are skiing or boarding. If you follow these easy, common sense guidelines provided by the National Ski Areas Association, you can avoid many of the common accidents that occur out on the slopes. These guidelines are just a few of the major things you should pay close attention to and be aware of.

1. Always Stay in Control – ski or board at a pace that is appropriate for your level.
2. People ahead of you always have the right of way.
3. When stopping, stop in a safe place, off to the side and out of the way, so that others can continue to ski in a normal pattern.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield to those skiing or boarding down past you.
5. Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment; today’s new models of skis/boards and poles can easily be kept in place even during big spills.
6. Observe signs and warnings and keep off closed trails.
7. Know how to use the lifts safely.

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.