National Safety Week has now become National Safety Month! Now the month of January will be dedicated to an entire month of safety. Mount Kato and many other resorts across the country are participating this year to educate skiers and snowboarders about being safe, and to use common sense on the slopes.
Mount Kato,The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards would like to welcome you to the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative. A cooperative effort with the help of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) that emphasizes the proper use of terrain parks while delivering a unified message.
The Smart Style video along with the TerrainParkSafety.org work together to emphasize the importance of safety in terrain parks across the country. Please visit the www.TerrainParkSafety.org for a comprehensive look at the Smart Style program.
Park Smart Terrain Park Safety Program Messages:
START SMALL - Work your way up. Build your skills.
MAKE A PLAN- Every feature. Every time.
ALWAYS LOOK - Before you drop.
RESPECT - The features and other users.
TAKE IT EASY - Know your limits. Land on your feet.
Spreading the Message is Important. Don't go if you don't know!
Mount Kato and the NSAA promote the use of helmets on the slopes. We urge skiers and riders to wear a helmet - but to ski or ride as if they are not wearing a helmet. NSAA views skiing and snowboarding in a controlled and responsible manner - not helmets only - as the primary safety consideration for all skiers and boarders. A skier's behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment.
In 2002, Lids on Kids https://www.lidsonkids.org/debuted as a resource for consumers to learn about helmet use in skiing and snowboarding. This site contains FAQs about helmet use, fit and sizing information, general slope safety information, related articles and games, and testimonials about helmet use from well-known athletes, including US Ski Team members. The site has received nearly 2 million hits since it was created. The tagline, "A Helmet-It's a Smart Idea," is printed on posters and promotional cards at resorts nationwide.
In 2008/09, NSAA developed the "Objects are Closer Than They Appear" campaign to shine a spotlight on the first tenet of Your Responsibility Code: Always stay in control and be able to stop and avoid other people or objects.
The campaign emphasizes the role that speed plays in staying in control and overtly addresses the risk posed by collisions with trees or other fixed objects on the slopes.
Mount Kato and the NSAA view using and riding chair lifts in a responsible manner as one of the primary safety considerations for all skiers and boarders. A skier's behavior has as much or more to do with the safety of the sport as does any piece of equipment from helmet to chair lift.
In 2012, the website www.kidsonlifts.org/ and the initiative as a whole debuted around the country to resorts and consumers. This site contains FAQ's and safety tips on how to load, ride and unload responsilby, general skiing and riding tips, coloring pages for kids, public service announcements and more. The tagline "No Horsing Around" is a motto we hope to ingrain in not only children but every skier and boarder.
Common Sense, it's one of the most important things to keep in mind and practice when on the slopes. Mount Kato and the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) believes education, helmet use, respect and common sense are very important when cruising down the mountain. NSAA developed Your Responsibility Code to help skiers and boarders be aware that there are elements of risk in snowsports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce.
Seven Points to Your Responsibility Code
1. Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
NSAA, as part of its on-going efforts to promote on-hill safety and responsible skiing and riding, has developed the #RideAnotherDay campaign, in partnership with Kelli and Chauncy Johnson. This campaign has both a print and a video component. You can see each below. Both are available for download using the links below each element.
To download #RideAnotherDay video please contact NSAA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complementing the Responsibility Code and it's 7 tenets, #RideAnotherDay promotes 3 actions every skier and rider can take to help keep themselves and those around safer on the slopes. These three actions are:
1. Be Ready
Be ready to slow down or avoid objects or other people at any time. Ski and ride in such a way that you are always able to control yourself regardless of conditions and avoid others and objects you may encounter on the run, groomed or otherwise.
2. Stay Alert
Stay alert to what’s going on around you, especially other skiers and riders. Being aware of those around and changing conditions will help you have a fun and safe day on the hill.
3. Plan Ahead
Ease up at blind spots, check uphill when merging onto trails, and give other skiers plenty of room when passing. Look out for spots on the run where traffic merges or you can't see what's coming next. If you are unfamiliar with a run, take it easy the first time down it and make note of places where you'll want to slow down, such as cat tracks and rollers. Also, give other skiers and riders lots or room, especially if you are passing them. There's plenty of space out there, so there's no need to crowd each other.
By doing these three things every run, you'll be helping keep the slopes safe and enjoyable, for you and everyone else.
To learn more about the Johnson family and the development of the #RideAnotherDay campaign, read this article from the summer 2017 issue of the NSAA Journal.