Twelve ski resorts were honored by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) this month with its annual National Safety Awards. The awards recognize those resorts which have done an "outstanding job of educating employees and guests and skiing and snowboarding responsibly."

[R482R, Vail Mountain], Colo., and [R169R, Heavenly Resort], Calif. tied for the Best Safety Week Program, while [R198R, Killington] and [R319R, Pico], Vt. had the Best Helmet Safety Program.

The Best Terrain Park Safety Program was [R259R, Mountain Creek], NJ, while [R77R, Breckenridge], Colo. took home honors for the Best Use Of New/Social Media.

[R430R, Stratton Mountain], Vt. had the Best Employee Involvement and Education. [R462R, Canyons], Utah had the Best Chairlift Safety Program.

The Best Community Outreach was at [R446R, Sunrise Park], Ariz., while [R20R, Arapahoe Basin], Colo. took honors for the Best Avalanche Safety Program.

[R25R, Aspen/Snowmass], Colo. had the Most Creative Safety Week Program. [R21R, Arizona Snowbowl] had the Best Overall Safety Program for resorts up to 250,000 visits, while [R113R, Copper Mountain], Colo. had the Best Overall Safety Program for resorts with 250,000 visits or more.

NSAA is the trade association based in Lakewood, Colo. for ski resort owners and operators.