Loading and unloading from a chairlift can be daunting for first-time skiers and snowboarders, especially for the youngest ones on the mountain.

[R462R, Canyons Resort] is among a number of U.S. resorts that have fashioned safety programs to help youngsters get on and settled in the seat of a chairlift. As a result, the Utah resort has been awarded Best Chairlift Program for the second year in a row by the National Ski Areas Association, which handed out the award for the 2010-2011 season.

The Canyons program centers on a round target that is printed on the seats of the High Meadow chairlift, which services the easiest terrain on the mountain and is most often used by beginner skiers and snowboarders.

Called “Sit on the Spot,” the effort gives youngsters something to aim at as they load into their seat. The placement of the spot also encourages them to sit back in the seat, using the back rest as support for a safer and more comfortable ride, according to the resort.

For the second year in a row, Canyons Resort was the only Utah resort to receive one of the dozen safety awards handed out by the national association each year. For a listing of award winners, click here.

For more on safety at Canyons, click here.