National Ski Area Association presents safety award to Mountain High

Posted By: The Ski Channel on October 27, 2009 11:58 am

Mountain High, located in Wrightwood, CA, has just been presented the prestigious Safety Award for Employee Involvement and Education by the National Ski Area Association (NSAA).

Mountain High’s Safety Brigade has been a lauded industry leader since its inception in 2007, as the group roams the mountain promoting proper mountain safety, and educating guests on the importance of helmet use.

The success of this group has led Mountain High to increase the number of Safety Brigade members to six for this upcoming season. Expanding the group will allow them to serve a greater variety of groups. Lift lines will be used to educate waiting guests on mountain safety before loading the lifts. Snowy days will see the group working  extensively with ski patrol to educate the public on the dangers of heading out of bounds.

Beyond the Safety Brigade, Mountain High earned this award for their unrivaled commitment to Smart Style, Your Responsibility Code, and the ATML terrain park guidelines. All season pass holders of the resort were required to attend an educational program reviewing these important points. As a result, the mountain has seen a decline in the number of injury-related incidents.

“Safety is very important to us, and you can literally see the effect it is having on the mountain,” said Karl Kapuscinski, Mountain High General Manager.

The NSAA created the Safety Award program to reward the resorts who do an outstanding job of educating guests and promoting slope safety. Additionally, the awards strive to tap into the competitive nature of ski area staff, so they might constantly better educate the public for the good of the industry.