Safety Can Be Fun is another name for National Safety Awareness Week Jan. 17-23, as resorts are marking the week with various fun events to make skiing and riding safer.
Okemo is offering anyone who purchases a new ski or snowboard helmet at Okemo's Snowsports Shop will receive a coupon for 50 percent off a full-day lift ticket, 50 percent off a full-day equipment rental or high-performance demo, or 50 percent off a group lesson or adult clinic.
Vermont's PHAT team (Protect Your Head at All Times/Protect Your Head on All Terrain) will be at Okemo from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 18. The Vermont Snow Sports Research Team, a partnership of Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont College of Medicine will be on location to help educate skiers and riders about helmet use. This team has been focused over the past five years on developing a program to prevent serious head injuries by increasing voluntary ski helmet use among children and adults. The team of physicians and health care providers is headed by Robert Williams, M.D., pediatric anesthesiologist and critical care specialist at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen.
Okemo will host a "Helmet Head" contest on Jan. 18. Okemo staff members will be out on the mountain taking pictures of willing candidates showing their best helmet head - that cool, disheveled look of matted hair that happens when a skier or snowboarder removes his or her helmet after a great day on the slopes. A panel of judges will select the top-ten best helmet heads and post those photos on Okemo's blog for voting by blog visitors. The candidate who receives the most votes will win two complimentary lift tickets for a day of skiing or riding at Okemo.
Wachusett Mountain's Ski Patrol will patrol the mountain as usual and randomly stop some skiers/riders and ask them if they know the Responsibility Code. If people know at least three of the seven points they will get a coupon for a free hot chocolate.
Pats Peak is hosting a Kids Safety Poster Contest with designs based on the Responsibility Code. NH Safe Kids Coalition and the Injury Prevention Center at Children's Hospital at Dartmouth will be at Pats Peak 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 to promote Helmet and Safety Awareness.
Whiteface Willy will be at Whiteface to remind everyone to be safe and have fun while skiing, riding and working at the mountain. Family Ski Zones and "Heads Up...You Set the Example" are new initiatives to promote safety on the slopes. The Family Ski Zones are areas which are geared towards families skiing together and monitored closely by Whiteface's Safety Team. The "Heads Up...You Set the Example" campaign has been implemented at the Whiteface Snow Sports School and the NYSEF Race and Freestyle programs and stresses proper safety etiquette for the adults so kids follow their lead.
At Killington, anyone who purchases a ski or snowboard helmet at Killington Sports or at Killington Outfitters during Safety Week will receive a voucher for a two-for-one mid-week, non-holiday lift ticket valid for the 2008-09 season.
Visit the National Ski Areas Association for more information.