It’s Safety Month and we want everyone to get involved in keeping Heavenly a safe place to ski and ride. We’ll be giving away four $50 Heavenly Sports Giftcards in a Twitter/Instagram photo contest. To enter, you need to submit a photo of you with one of the “Know the Code” banners on the mountain. Your post must include #skisafeheavenly so we can find it. We will announce the winners on 1/27/2014.
What is the code? It’s a set of responsible skiing and riding policies that everyone should understand before getting on a chairlift:
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.
At Heavenly, we want you to have more fun than you’ve ever had at a ski resort, but guest safety is our #1 concern. All month, Heavenly staff will be out in the community and at local schools teaching about ski safety. We’re hosting several on-mountain events this week that are open to the public:
-Wednesday 1/15 5:30pm: Avalanche Awareness Forum. The program, located upstairs in the Cal Lodge, will include a presentation from the Heavenly Ski Patrol Snow Safety Team, a video, discussion, and useful resources.
-Saturday 1/18: Ripperoo Parade, Helmet Decorating Contest, Kid S.A.F.E. Fair (Safety and First Aid Education.) Located at Cal and the Top of Gondola Ski School.
-Sunday 1/19 and Sunday 1/26: Safety Month Beacon Challenge. On the side of Orion, come test your beacon skills for a chance to win an Avy Dog T-shirt.
Safety doesn’t end with knowing the code:
-Wear a helmet, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for the day’s weather. Keep in mind there can be a 10 degree difference between the base and summit temperatures.
-Learn the signs of altitude sickness. Stay hydrated. Take breaks.
-Set a meeting place with your group before you take any runs.
-Pay attention to signs. Stay in bounds and don’t go into any terrain, features, or trails marked closed.
-Listen to resort staff and don’t be shy about contacting ski patrol- we’re all here to make sure you get the most out of your time on the mountain.
-Don’t taunt bears, or litter. Smoke only in designated areas.
-Be courteous, look out for one another. Ski and ride within your ability.
Go All-In for Safety this month. Treat yourself to a fun, healthy start to 2014, and don’t forget to submit your photos using #skisafeheavenly.