Steamboat to participate in National Safety Awareness Week

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 13, 2010 9:51 am

Safety is paramount on the slopers, whether you are skiing or boarding.  Therefore, the National Ski Area Association’s National Safety Awareness Week is highly important, and many ski resorts are participating.  Steamboat is one of them, and see the information below we received from them on what they will be doing for the event from January 16-22:

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-January DATE- As the new year unfolds, Steamboat Ski Resort & Corporation continues its commitment to safety on and off the slopes by celebrating National Safety Awareness Week, January 16-22 with special seminars, demonstrations, programs and contests for all ages of skiers and snowboarders.

“Steamboat’s commitment to safety is one of the key priorities of the resort and allows us to remain in the top tier of ski resorts in North America,” said Chris Diamond, president & chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Each year we look for new initiatives and ways to educate guest and employees to make the slopes as safe as possible. National Skier Safety Week is an opportunity for Steamboat to showcase these unique initiatives and programs, while reminding every winter enthusiast how enjoy the mountain.

The highlight of this year’s National Skier Safety Week at Steamboat is the 2010 Grand Opening Celebration and Dedication of Beacon Basin, an avalanche transceiver training area located on the mountain. The Beacon Basin helps guests and employees learn the skills necessary for successful beacon recovery, by providing access to buried transceivers whose signals can be picked up by an individual’s personal beacon. The Steamboat Beacon Basin currently has 4 buried transceiver stations, and anticipates adding an additional four. On Saturday, Sunday and Monday January 16-18, Steamboat Ski Patrol and Ski Haus will host special 2 hour seminars on snow awareness at the Beacon Basin. The seminars are free to the public. Meet at the Beacon Basin at the top of Pony Express Chairlift at 1pm each day.

Another highlight of every National Skier Safety Week is the annual Safety Awareness Poster Contest for elementary school children with visits by patrol over the coming weeks. Posters must be based on one or more of the seven elements of the “Responsibility Code” or the three elements of Smart Style, which is the foundation for the ParkWise initiative. In addition to prizes, overall winning entries will be displayed at the resort and will then be submitted to the National Ski Area Association’s national contest.

Steamboat Ski Area will host a variety of safety programs during National Safety Awareness Week, including:
- Know the Code Contest: Skiers and Riders will randomly be stopped on the slopes by members of Steamboat’s Ski Patrol. If they know at least three of the seven parts to the Responsibility Code they’ll receive a prize.
- FREE NASTAR racing all week for any guests who can tell the attendant one of the seven SlopeWise codes.
- Gondola Square Safety Booths: Patrol, Olympians and the Steamboat Springs Fire Department will be in Gondola Square sharing safety tips and offering helmet demonstrations. Register to win a free Smith helmet at the Fire Department tent.
- Take your picture with Bear, the Steamboat Safety Dog for $5. Funds will go towards additional beacon set ups in the new avalanche transceiver training basin, Beacon Basin.
- Jib Jam: Join Ski & Snowboard School as they teach park and pipe skills during the public Jib Jam session in Lil’ Rodeo.
- Free Mountain Tours with Ambassador with SlopeWise & Safety Information from Patrol
- Billy Kidd One O’Clock Run: Free clinic by Kidd, who will be joined by Patrol during Safety Week
- ParkWise tent at Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park promoting Smart Style, Steamboat’s ParkWise program, handing out safety tips and stickers.
- Grooming Reports, daily snow reports and individual chairlift message boards will feature safety messages throughout the week.
- New Signage across the mountain promoting safe riding, jibing and slow zones

Steamboat’s SlopeWise program is an overarching program built upon safety programs in place as well as ParkWise (terrain park program), SafetyWise (employee program) and the resort’s Code of Conduct, in conjunction with the NSAA Responsibility Code, which makes it extremely clear that every user of the mountain, regardless of ticket or pass type, understands what is expected, and how the consequences of their actions can impact their ability to enjoy the slopes.