UVa Children’s Hospital and Wintergreen Resort Team Up to Promote Snowsports Safety

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National Safety Awareness Week  was this past week and we thought that we’d share this information even though we missed it until today!

Safe Sliders, a program developed at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, and offered at Wintergreen Resort, launched for its third ski season this past Saturday, Jan. 19 at Wintergreen Resort.

The award-winning program raises awareness about skiing and snowboarding safety. Children who visit Wintergreen Resort can look forward to activity books with updated snowsports safety guidelines and reflective zipper pulls to attach to their jackets.

“We’re so excited about launching the program for a third year in a row and helping to bring yet another opportunity for young skiers and riders to develop safe slope practices that can last a lifetime,” said Maria Synan, Project Coordinator, UVA Health System Office of Community Relations, Service and Outreach.

In fact, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that ski helmets could reduce or prevent the effects of 53 percent of head injuries suffered by children younger than 15 while skiing or snowboarding. Nationwide, a quarter of million children are injured annually while participating in winter sports. Thanks to UVa Children’s Hospital and Wintergreen Resort, young skiers can learn to play it safe and have fun in the snow.

“We’re proud to offer this program to our youngest customers who are learning to love winter sports,” said Jay Roberts, Vice President of Mountain Operations at Wintergreen Resort. “If safety is reinforced at a young age, then these lessons will stick with children into adulthood.”

For more information about the program which runs all season contact Anne Marie Jones, Public Relations / Communications Coordinator – [email protected]  or call her office: 434-325-8146

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