As we turn the calendar to another New Year, thoughts of health and happiness are typically top of mind. From all of us on the mountain we wish you the best for 2020—may your days be filled with plentiful good times and deep snow to share with the great people in your life!
Part of this wish is that you stay safe for the remainder of the season. In observation of the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) National Safety Month in January, we have a few things planned for our own Safety Awareness Month that you will find educational and fun.
Because we share the slopes with other people, it is key to be aware of your surroundings including the other people sharing the run with you. That is why the NSAA created Your Responsibility Code. All skiers and snowboarders must know the seven points of Your Responsibility Code:
- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Knowing Your Responsibility Code not only makes everyone’s experience on the slopes better, this month it might just help you earn some prizes! This January, you may find yourself on the SAFETY AWARE CHAIR. Throughout the month we will periodically have an employee riding Chairs 1 and 2 who will quiz you on your slope safety awareness. If you are able to answer their questions correctly, you will win swag! Study Your Responsibility Code to be ready for any quizzes that may pop up.
For our Ski & Ride School programs, and our youngest guests in the Kids Center, there will be an opportunity to create safety posters for a SAFETY POSTER CONTEST! Kids can create a poster related to any one of the points in “Your Responsibility Code” or “Park Smart” (explained below). This will allow them to harness their creative side in the name of safety as well as being entered to win prizes and gain local recognition.
In addition to Your Responsibility Code, there are further guidelines for those who like to ski or ride in the terrain parks. Terrain park safety has an additional code called “Park Smart.” Formerly known as “Smart Style,” Park Smart reminds skiers and riders to follow these five codes of conduct:
- 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.
In addition to the Safety Poster Contest and our Safety Aware Chair, we will offer a few additional events that guests are welcome to attend. For additional information about Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Safety Awareness Month, follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram, read our Daily Snow Report or visit skiwhitefish.com. Happy New Year! May your New Year’s resolutions include being safe on the slopes!
SAFETY AWARENESS MONTH EVENTS
Saturday, January 4
TERRAIN PARK TRIVIA – PARK SMART EDITION
Find an event staff member – wearing BLACK – at one of the terrain parks, unload some park smart safety tips and win some cool swag.
Saturday, January 11
TREE WELL AWARENESS DAY
Ski Patrol will dig out a tree well so you can see what they look like and the dangers that are present.
AVALANCHE BEACON BLOCK PARTY
The Beacon Park (at the summit) hosted by Flathead Nordic Back Country Patrol.
Saturday, January 25
MEET THE AVY DOG DAY!
Meet the newest member of our Avy Dog Team, Cleo! Cleo and her handler Keagan will be on mountain to meet guests.